People around the world are spending more time at home in order to practice social distancing to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Some of us are lucky enough to have our pets around to keep us company.
Robert Irwin has a non-human “isolation buddy” as well. The son of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin recently posted an image of himself hanging out with Igloo, an Aldabra tortoise.
Irwin took to Twitter to share a selfie taken with his reptile pal:
My self isolation buddy 😐 pic.twitter.com/Gu7H0ljF3U
— Robert Irwin (@RobertIrwin) March 31, 2020
“My self-isolation buddy,” he captioned the cheeky photo in which he’s copying Igloo’s expression.
In fact, the Irwins are hunkered down during this time with plenty of animal friends. They live at the Australia Zoo, which was founded by the Irwin family and where Igloo is also a resident. The zoo is home to more than 100 different species, and the organization also focuses on conservation efforts, crocodile research, wildlife protection and education programs.
So Irwin has a number of animals he can turn to for comfort during social distancing days, and he’s been posting multiple images of his self-isolation pals. Here he is with an echidna named Yella. Wow, Yella has a long tongue for eating insects!
On March 25, Steve’s sister, Bindi Irwin, wed her longtime boyfriend, Chandler Powell, at an intimate ceremony held at the zoo. To keep in line with social distancing rules, the only guests present were Robert and family matriarch Terri Irwin.
Bindi shared this sweet photo from the nuptials on Instagram, and in the caption, spoke of her love for her new husband:
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Chandler, When I went to write my vows I found I couldn’t stop writing them. I started by sharing all the ways you make my life beautiful and wrote close to a thousand words. Then I moved on to write about what an extraordinary person you are and I needed a new pen. Finally I wanted to share all my hopes for the future and I ran out of notebook paper. I thought about how there is no way to describe genuine, unconditional love. A love like this is meant to be felt, in every part of our soul. Marriage marks an incredible beginning and yet I feel like we’ve already experienced so much life together. We say all the time that it feels like we’ve been married for years. We’ve been a team through life’s wonderful highs and difficult lows. You’ve held my hand as we’ve run towards every new adventure. My dad used to say that I couldn’t marry anyone unless he could swim across the croc pond first. And now, here you are, helping us during our regular crocodile demonstrations. One of your jobs is to jump into the water with our biggest crocs to help encourage them home! They say there’s a moment when you know you’ve fallen in love with someone, for me it was watching you happily jump in the water with a 15 foot crocodile and then tell me how much you enjoyed it. You are my soulmate. I promise to love you with all my heart through every twist and turn the world brings our way. I promise to encourage your dreams and help you achieve them. I promise to stand beside you as your wife, teammate and friend. I promise to share an ‘I love you’ before I sleep each night no matter what our day has brought. I promise to be your strength and light when you need a it. I promise to revel with you in each breathtaking moment we are given in this life. Chandler, Thank you for loving me for me. You love me when I’m uncontrollably laughing or falling asleep by 6pm. You validate what unconditional love really means. You’ve been my best friend for over six years. You’ve made me smile every day since I first met you. That’s amazing and so are you. My husband, my teammate and partner in conservation. To quote our favourite show, “I love you and I like you”.
“My dad used to say that I couldn’t marry anyone unless he could swim across the croc pond first,” she wrote to Powell in the post. “And now, here you are, helping us during our regular crocodile demonstrations.”
On April 20, the newlyweds took some cute selfies with a lemur:
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Lemur selfie! 💙 I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your incredibly kind comments and amazing support. Chandler and I are so happy and grateful to be married. Our honeymoon has been really busy with all that has to be done here @AustraliaZoo. Due to the current pandemic we’re temporarily not open and caring for our 1,200 beautiful animals that call our gardens home. Things are certainly challenging for us all at the moment. However, it’s so important to focus on what really matters – family, friendship and things that make us smile even when we’re social distancing.
The caption noted that while the zoo is temporarily closed to the public due to the pandemic, the happy couple is busy tending to the 1,200 animals that “call our gardens home.”
“Things are really challenging for us all at the moment,” she admitted. “However, it’s so important to focus on what really matters — family, friendship and things that make us smile even when we’re social distancing.”