Steve Irwin’s daughter Bindi has shocked her Instagram fans after posting a video of herself wrestling a crocodile – 10 years to the day after her father was killed.
The 18-year-old is clearly following in her Steve’s footsteps as she revealed her love for wild animals, while honouring her late father in the post.In the video, Bindi and a team of wildlife experts, are seen approaching the huge animal from the side, before leaping over its back and pinning it to the floor.
It is a capture technique that Steve developed and is still being used in the protection of crocodiles to this day.
In the caption, Bindi paid tribute to the late Crocodile Hunter star, writing: “Crikey. Check out Big Dunc.
“Our highly experienced @Australiazoo Croc Team uses the very same capture techniques that dad developed so many years ago
“Our team leader, Toby Millyard, was trained by Dad himself and continues to help us carry on in his footsteps.
“We truly have the most elite team when it comes to catching crocs and we all share the same passion of protecting crocodiles as well as educating others.”
But some viewers were shocked by the footage, writing: “This is inhumane and unbelievably cruel. You should be ashamed!”
Another added: “I respect your opinion however I still find it hard to watch an animal be treated in this way. I can’t help but feel that other measures could be put in place to prevent the issues presented to them.”
Others sided with Bindi over the footage, leaving messages of support.
One viewer wrote: “These creatures need to be rescued from areas like this before poachers kill them and turn them into boots, bags and belts.
“This, is the only safe way to move them. This is not cruel at all, they are helping the before they become extinct.”
Bindi later posted a picture of herself as a baby, being held up to the camera by her father.
Next to the image, she touchingly wrote: “You’ll be my hero for my entire existence. I love you more than words can describe.
was killed on September 4, 2006, after a stingray repeatedly stabbed him in the chest while he was filming underwater.