Robert Irwin — the son of the late crocodile hunter, Steve Irwin — noticed his abilities put to the check after he was chased by a croc whereas filming.
The 18-year-old was wrapping up the season finale of his collection, “Crikey! It’s the Irwins,” on the Australia Zoo when a light-pigmented leucistic saltwater crocodile named Casper proceeded to take quite a few lunges at Irwin as he tried to coax the reptile out of its enclosure.
Irwin stated in a three-minute video shared to his Instagram that he was feeding Casper for the primary time within the crocodile’s new habitat.
“If he’s coming out of the water giving big strikes that means he’s going to be ready for the Crocoseum show,” the truth star stated.
Nonetheless, as a substitute of going after the big chunks of meat Irwin was utilizing to lure Casper, who weighs some 350 kilograms (about 772 kilos) and measures about 12.1 ft in size, the croc made a beeline for Irwin.
“Bail, bail, bail,” Irwin shouted to the solid and crew.
Irwin’s father, Steve, rescued Casper again in 2002. Irwin talked about within the video clip that Casper “has such a wild behavior, and since Dad first got Casper, he’s had that instinct. I’ve got no idea how he’s going to react, and, honestly, that’s quite terrifying,”
Robert and Bindi Irwin’s father died in 2006 on the age of 44 whereas taking pictures a documentary in Australia’s Nice Barrier Reef.
Within the caption for the video posted to Instagram, Irwin teased what’s forward for the truth collection.
“We’ve definitely saved the best for last, including one of the most intense croc feeds I’ve done!” he wrote. “We prioritize natural behavior with our crocs.”
He continued: “By getting in their enclosures with them, and letting them put on those huge strikes from the water’s edge, they get to use all of their predatory instincts and they just love it! Plus we can educate everyone about their conservation.”
“But safety for us is also crucial and you definitely have to know when to call it. And with such a powerful and quick croc like Casper we had no choice but to bail,” Irwin stated.