Bindi Irwin and Robert Irwin have taken to Instagram to announce that a beloved “family member of 38 years” has died.
The Irwins have said goodbye to their pet echidna who was a part of the family before Bindi and Robert were born.
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Bindi, 24, took to Instagram to announce the news with a series of photos of the sweet echidna and the Irwin family.
“Saying goodbye to our beautiful family member of 38 years,” she said on Thursday.
“The sweetest, kindest, most wonderful echidna you ever did meet. Rest In Peace, angel 🤍.”
Soon after Bindi shared the news, Robert, 18, reposted the photos with a broken heart emoji.
Fans took to the comments section to offer their condolences to the family.
“I am so extremely sorry for your loss. Heartbreaking,” one comment said.
“38 years! Incredible! So sorry,” added another.
“No doubt they had a wonderful life,” a third said.
The photo reel was a series of shots of Bindi, Terri and Robert with the echidna, along with one of baby Grace Warrior.
Bindi and her husband Chandler Powell welcomed baby Grace in 2021, a year after they married at Australia Zoo.
Also in the reel was one of the first photos of Bindi and Chandler, holding the echidna.
Bindi turns 24
The news of the tragedy came a week after Bindi celebrated her 24th birthday with her family, sharing photos from the celebration on Instagram.
Her caption began: “24, the last year has been filled with enormous growth, unpredictable/challenging times, and above all, love beyond my wildest dreams.
“Without them realising, my sweet family has given me the greatest gifts this year through their extraordinary actions each and every day.
“My in-laws, the gift of no distance standing in the way of family bonds,” she said at the time.
Chandler, who is originally from Florida in the US, moved away from his parents Chris and Shannon to marry Bindi in Queensland.
Due to COVID restrictions, his parents were unable to make the 2020 wedding and much of Grace’s first year.
Bindi continued, “My mum, the gift of perseverance, strength, and a shoulder to lean on. My brother, the gift of enthusiasm for life and remembering not to sweat the little things.
“My husband, the gift of steadfast support and infinite kindness.
“My darling daughter, the gift of finding beauty in all things and running towards happiness (and bubbles, which are the same thing to her) with an open heart,” she continued.
“I’m grateful for another trip around the sun and another year to do my best making difference in this world,” Bindi said.
“Thank you to everyone who is part of my journey, I’m tremendously thankful for you.”
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