Married For 14 Years, Terri Irwin Makes Post About Late Husband Leaving Fans Crushed
FaithTap Staff 6/13/2017
There are some personalities that are magnetic and simply unforgettable. One such personality was Steve Irwin. Steve grew up handling the wildlife native to Australia, like kangaroos, crocodiles and snakes. His mom Lyn was a wildlife rehabilitator and spent her life caring for injured and orphaned animals, then releasing them into the wild once they were ready. Steve had been surrounded by animals from a young age and his love for different species only grew over time, especially for crocodiles.
Never expecting love to strike, Steve met Terri Raines one day when she happened to visit his family's zoo - it was "love at first sight." Terri, then 27, and Steve, then 29, stayed in touch across the ocean when she returned back to the United States.
Turns out the duo had a lot in common. Terri worked with her family's construction business upon returning to the U.S., eventually starting her own wildlife rehabilitation facility called Cougar Country, that specialized in caring for predatory mammals. Terri's dad also rescued wildlife so her love for animals had been rooted from a young age, much like Steve's.
When she visited Australia again, Steve popped the question. The couple married and chose to forego a honeymoon and went on a crocodile rescue mission, filming the project for a wildlife documentary. That was the foundation for the wildly popular Crocodile Hunter television series.
During their marriage, Steve and Terri filmed more than 150 episodes that aired worldwide of not just the Crocodile Hunter, but also Croc Diaries, Croc Files, New Breed Vets, Ghosts of War and Bindi: The Jungle Girl.
In 1998, this crazy couple who was deeply in love welcomed their first child Bindi, who was named after one of Steve's favorite crocodiles. The family changed the name of the wildlife park to Australia Zoo and brought more zoo animals to the facility for both of them to care for. Today, the zoo covers 1,500 acres. Five years after Bindi's birth, Robert was born.
Sadly in 2006, everything for the well-loved family changed after Steve's sudden passing. The love of her life and shining light had suddenly been taken from her and the only thing she could think about was how she would manage raising her two kids without her husband by her side. Not only did Steve's family mourn for him but Crocodile Hunter fans around the world were deeply saddened by the tragic news of his passing. Steve Irwin was a hoot to watch in his television episodes, both educating and entertaining his loyal followers. In every episode, Terri was by his side, assisting Steve in their adventures and narrating the show.
The world mourned alongside Terri, who had uprooted herself from the Americas to live in Australia and raise a family with a man who was dedicated to animals. Recently, Terri spoke out once again about her husband. This time reflecting on the milestone they would be celebrating together, if he were still around. Twenty-five years after their June wedding, Terri shared a touching post of herself with Steve and the world can't help but weep alongside her when reading the following caption:
"Today would have been our 25th wedding anniversary. I miss you so very much, and I am grateful every day for the time we had together."
Even though it's been 11 years since they've celebrated a wedding anniversary together, Steve remains the love of Terri's life. In fact, she has never dated since his death, stating that she still feels very much married to Steve.
Instead, she dedicated herself to the rearing of their children and the growth and operation of Steve's dream and legacy, the wildlife park and zoo.
Bindi, 18, and Robert 13, assist their mom in carrying out the family's conservatory and rehabilitation efforts while helping run the wildlife park and zoo. Robert is the spitting image of his father and people everywhere catch glimpses of Steve whenever Robert presents adorable animals to television show audiences.
Bindi also carries on her dad's educational efforts by sharing their love of animals with the world on television. She also danced a tribute routine in her dad's memory on Dancing With The Stars. Even with the loss of Steve's jovial presence in their lives and on TV, Terri has kept his memory alive for generations and generations to enjoy.
Sources: Today, The Crocodile Hunter FB Image Credit: Twitter/Terri Irwin