Bindi Irwin shares emotional tribute to late father Steve - after revealing daughter Grace is 'captivated' by videos of her late grandfather

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Bindi Irwin recently revealed her daughter Grace, one, is captivated by videos of her late grandfather, Steve Irwin. 

And the wildlife queen, 22, shared an emotional tribute to Steve herself on Monday.

Bindi took to Instagram to share a sweet photo of herself nestled up to Steve, who was gazing back at the camera. 

Special: Bindi Irwin shared a tribute to her father Steve Irwin (both pictured) on Instagram on Monday

'My guiding light through life,' Bindi captioned the photo, with a yellow heart. 

It comes just days after the star revealed precocious Grace has watched several of Steve's wildlife documentaries, and likes to 'study' his facial expressions.  

'We have so many documentaries of dad, and we're always playing them for Grace,' Bindi told People magazine last week.  

She's a fan! It comes just days after the star revealed precocious Grace has watched several of Steve's wildlife documentaries, and likes to 'study' his facial expressions. Pictured: Steve and Terri Irwin with their children Bindi and Robert at Australia Zoo on April 8, 2004

'It's so fun to watch her study him. I didn't realise how much dad's passion for life and his animated facial expressions - I mean, they captivate her,' she added.   

Bindi said her daughter had inherited Steve's hyperactive personality, in particular his 'determination and his inability to sit still'.

She continued: 'I'm excited to see as she grows up how her personality will develop. If dad was around, honestly, we would never see her. He would be in love.'  

Tragic: Steve, known to millions around the world as 'the Crocodile Hunter', died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef. (He is seen here in Los Angeles in November 2003)

Steve, known to millions around the world as 'the Crocodile Hunter', died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef.

Bindi was just eight years old at the time.

Following his death, Steve's family, including his daughter Bindi, widow Terri, son Robert and son-in-law Chandler Powell, have continued his conservation work at Australia Zoo.  

Bindi spoke about her father's legacy during an interview in 2019.

'He was the greatest wildlife warrior to have ever lived,' she said, adding: 'He dedicated his whole life to protecting wildlife and wild places.

'And I think that it's really special that in this day we can all remember that khaki [the colour of the Australia Zoo uniform] is not just a colour, it's an attitude.

'And to remember the greatest dad on the planet and a wonderful conservationist.'

Bindi and Chandler welcomed their daughter on March 25, 2021, which coincidentally was the couple's first wedding anniversary. 

He'd be proud! After his death, Steve's family, including his daughter Bindi, widow Terri, son Robert and son-in-law Chandler Powell, have continued his conservation work at Australia Zoo

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