My daddy was my hero.
I know that Daddy had an important job.
He was working to change the world
so everyone would love wildlife like he did
Brave Bindi even said she will film the same giant fish who killed her father when she presents her own wildlife TV show ‘Jungle Girl’, scheduled to air in January.
Steve Irwin’s brave little daughter, Bindi, got a standing ovation after delivering a eulogy to her father today.
Watched by her mother, Terri, brother Bob, and about 5000 mourners at the Crocoseum at Australia Zoo in Beerwah, the eight-year-old spoke with remarkable clarity and assurance.
Smiling and reading her own tribute from a sheet of paper in front of an image of her dad, she said: “My daddy was my hero – he was always there for me when I needed him.”
She traced the words on the paper with a finger.
Read More…for Transcript of Bindi’s Speech
Audience members too moved to speak
Thousands of memorial attendees filed out of the zoo shortly after the ceremony finished. Many were visibly upset and some were too moved to speak.
Michelle Wilson, 23, of Noosa said that the saddest part of the service was when Irwin’s truck was driven out.
“He was a great inspiration – it was stunning and it was sad. I think Bindi did really well,” she said.
Irwin’s father, Bob, said afterwards that Terri was very pleased with the service and proud of the strength shown by Bindi.
Mr Irwin said Bindi had shown a lot of strength but he expected her to do well because of her media experience.
“I don’t think Bindi has broken down as much as I would have expected. She’s been a strong little girl and she’s coping extremely well,” he said.
Transcript of Bindi’s Speach
“My Daddy was my hero – he was always there for me when I needed him.
“He listened to me and taught me so many things but most of all he was fun.
“I know that Daddy had an important job. He was working to change the world so everyone would love wildlife like he did.
“He built a hospital to help animals and he bought lots of land to give animals a safe place to live.
“He took me and my brother and my mum with him all the time. We filmed together, caught crocodiles together and loved being in the bush together.
“I don’t want Daddy’s passion to ever end.
“I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did.
“I have the best Daddy in the whole world and I will miss him every day.
“When I see a crocodile I will always think of him and I know that Daddy made this zoo so everyone could come and learn to love all the animals.
“Daddy made this place his whole life and now it’s our turn to help Daddy.”