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Bindi -- Croc Hunter in Training

5/28/2007 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A smiley Bindi Irwin, 8, has taken over the the family business.

The precocious daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and wife Terri announced the upcoming "Bindi: Jungle Girl" series that will continue her father's work, saying, "The best part, I get to be with all my animal friends!"

Appearing in a tree house at the Australia Zoo, Terri said, "I think he would have said `Crikey mate, I couldn't wait for Bindi to take over.'" Answering criticism that it's too soon after Steve's death for Bindi to be back in the spotlight, mom said, "Bindi has been filming with us since she first hatched, it was a natural progression for her to be doing her own shows."

Steve Irwin died while diving nine months ago, when a stingray barb pierced his heart off the coast of Australia. The show launches stateside June 8.


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Terri is from EUGENE, Oregon. She returns there frequently because she has family there. When Steve was living they came to Oregon often and especially loved the Coast. Southern Oregon is NOT California! We often say "Don't Californicate Oregon." I have lived in the Rogue River Valley since 1951 and went to school through college here. Terri and Steve were not kids when they married. Terri had her animal refuge work and she also managed her father's construction business in Eugene. Terri got into animal rescue when her father would bring home injured wildlife; at a young age Terri started rehabilitating them. She owned her own home in Eugene, had lots of pets there, was a happy woman when she met Steve quite by chance. They were married in Eugene.

Terri and Steve raised their kids on the property at the Australia Zoo. They still live there, so Terri doesn't need to "bring her child home" as someone suggested. Bindi is home schooled.

2704 days ago


First of all, I say "Boo" to all of the child bashers on here, you should be ashamed. Secondly, I don't have a problem with Bindi participating in the entertainment field as long as she isn't overwhelmed with too much stuff to do. There should be a limit. She needs to have time to be a regular kid as well.

2703 days ago

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11. Hatched??? "...since she was "hatched"??

This show should be called, "Bindi the Talking Puppet", starring Bindi the Puppet. In all of history, there is NO puppet that has been as coached as well as Bindi Irwin. This girl is so FAKE it makes me sick. Her voice is FAKE. Her speeches are FAKE. Her mannerisms are FAKE. (Seriously, her acting coach should be FIRED).

But then again, Terri Irwin the Master Ventriliquist must be so proud of her creation that she HATCHED.

My only wonder is how do they hide Bindi's string so well that is attached to her back? Oh! I know, that must be the job of Terri the Ventriliquist's Assistant that is always lurking behind them. He must be the one pulling on the string to make her talk, move her head side to side, and praise the animals left and right just as Terri has taught him to do!

Honestly, I can NOT watch this girl without cringing at her scripted monologues and her FAKE Polyanna wannabe gestures. This WHOLE ENTIRE setup makes me nauseated.


Posted at 10:44AM on May 28th 2007 by my opinon


Sense of humor, please!

That family adores animals and the word "hatched" was used with the utmost love. Try to cool off!

2701 days ago
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