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Steve Irwin's Six-Year-Old Son Training to Feed Crocodiles

Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and conservationist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed in 2006 by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.

Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and conservationist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed in 2006 by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.  (AP/ crocodilehunter.com)

For now he's feeding the new giraffes at Australia Zoo but by the end of the year six-year-old Robert Irwin hopes to be feeding crocodiles, The (Brisbane) Sunday Mail reported.

The son of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin wants to take after his father and has been undergoing written lessons on croc feeding.

His mother Terri expects he could be in the Crocoseum at the Australia Zoo with sister Bindi, 11, by the end of the year.

Robert was only one month old when his father famously dangled him a few feet from the jaws of a crocodile while feeding it.

The spitting image of Steve, Robert has taken a shine to reptiles. He told journalists Saturday about his favorite feature of the planned expansion of Australia Zoo to include a resort which will overlook a savanna of African animals.

Robert said the resort's pool would adjoin Nile crocodiles swimming yards away behind a glass panel.

"So when the kids are swimming they'll be saying 'Wow, look at the crocs,'" he grinned.

Guests will also peer out their resort windows at large African animals roaming on the plains below.

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