Robert Irwin reveals the heartache of family in The Project


Robert Irwin talked about his family Sunday project.

Beloved conservationist Hamish Macdonald joins Georgie and Michael Hing to talk about a range of topics including the withdrawal of the soccer World Cup and the increasing number of mosquitoes in many Australian cities.

The Australian icon’s son, Steve Irwin, expressed his grief when the topic turned to dementia and how difficult it is to watch loved ones physically be there but not be the same person mentally.

She said she knows all too well about the struggles the disease brings because it has affected her own family. Irwin also expressed hope that a drug to overcome the disease will soon be available to patients.

“I don’t think there’s anyone who hasn’t met or loved someone who’s been through this,” Irwin said.

“I know my grandfather on my mother’s side had a form of insanity and a lot of family friends have and it’s devastating.”

“Seeing someone you love, that you’re close to, going through that and not being able to relive and enjoy the moments that they went through.”

Young Robert Irwin with his older sister Bindi and their father Steve Irwin. Steve died in September 2004 after being pierced through the chest by a sting ray.
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“But I think it reminds you to spend every second with the people you love and surround yourself with love and light, and I hope this is a safe way for people to stop doing that at the end of the tunnel. “

Irwin also spoke of his pride in carrying on his father’s legacy, including performing with the Wiggles at the recent Steve Irwin Day gala dinner hosted by Rove.

“The Wiggles are just legendary, my dad did a really cool collaborative project with them at Australia Zoo 20 years ago,” he said.

“So we’ve worked with them for a long time, so it means the world to have all the original Wiggles back to support our Wildlife Warriors charity.

“Dad set this up as a way to support wildlife conservation in Australia and globally and a night like this makes us realize that his legacy is alive and well and it’s a lifelong honor to carry it on.”

Irwin also said that the most dangerous animal he deals with is not what you would expect.

“That’s what people don’t understand,” he said.

Everyone says it must be crazy to work with venomous snakes and crocodiles and tigers and all that, but mosquitoes kill over 700,000 people worldwide.

“It’s something we really need to look at. In my environment, you can’t just completely eliminate one animal, it always has an effect, but it’s definitely something we have to look at.

“Many people are suffering. Crocodiles are easy, mosquitoes, those things, my friend. They attacked me. it’s crazy.”

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