Bindi Irwin reveals adorable details of how she got her quirky name
Bindi Irwin is a memorable name for a lot of reasons – because of her late father Steve’s fame, but also because she’s a genuine celebrity in her own right.
But how did the young wildlife conservationist actually get her name, Bindi Sue?
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It turns out she was named after two animals very close to her parents’ heart.
Bindi was the name of a favourite crocodile, while Sue was a re-working of Sui, the name of the family’s pet dog.
The 23-year-old revealed the personal tidbit in an Instagram post that features her with husband Chandler Powell and their 10-month-old baby girl, Grace Warrior Irwin Powell.
Bindi said she wanted to “re-introduce” herself after an influx of new Instagram followers – she currently has about 4.8 million of them in total.
“I’m a Wildlife Warrior and have dedicated my life to speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves,” she writes.
“Conservation work is my life. It’s not just what I do, it’s who I am.”
Bindi then goes on to explain how her parents, Steve and Terri, started up endangered species breeding programs and the non-profit Wildlife Warriors organisation.
“Our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has treated over 100,000 sick, injured and orphaned patients,” she explains in the new post.
“Our goal is to get every animal we treat back into the wild.
“We have a rescue unit which answers animal emergency calls in the local community.
“We receive up to 100 calls a day to rescue everything from sea turtles to snakes.
“Over the years we have done a lot of filming work to raise awareness for our planet.
“My parents first started filming The Crocodile Hunter back in the 1990’s.
“Fast forward to today after hundreds of documentaries filmed and a few movies, doing our best to educate and inspire people to love our natural world.”
Bindi is active on social media, often posting daily.
She says she is “grateful to give you a glimpse into my family life each day.”
And it seems her new followers are equally grateful.
“I watched your mum and dad when I was younger,” one fan wrote.
“I cried when you were a little girl speaking after your dad passed.
“My heart swells with love for you and your family.”
“Your Dad was my hero,” another said.
“It’s wonderful to see the influence he and your dear mum have had on you, and now Grace.
“Love and hugs for all you do.”
Steve Irwin died in September 2006 at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb.
Bindi recently revealed a new tattoo featuring her father’s handwriting.
It reads “graceful warrior” – the words she said to her baby daughter when she “held her for the first time”.
“The words I spoke to our daughter as I held her for the first time in my arms were ‘My graceful warrior’. That’s how her name was born,” she explained of one element of the tattoo design.
“This is my dad’s handwriting to keep him with me, always.
“Our dear alligator, Daisy, is next to these words to represent our conservation work as Wildlife Warriors.
“And my beautiful wedding ring in bloom.
“Validation every day of the three most important things in my life: family, purpose and unconditional love.”