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Bindi Irwin bursts into tears after death of beloved family member


Bindi Irwin has announced the sad loss of a beloved member of the Australia Zoo family.

Taking to Instagram, Bindi was joined by brother Robert, mum Terri, and husband Chandler to announce the death of Rhino, their much-loved Rhinoceros iguana.

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Rhino lived until the ripe old age of 42, and had been part of Australia Zoo since 1993, a year after Terri and Steve Irwin got married.

Holding Rhino’s ashes in a box, Bindi struggled with her emotions as she talked about Rhino, at one point breaking down in tears as she was comforted by mum Terri.

“I’m gonna work really hard on not crying, but I’m immediately gonna cry,” she said.

Bindi Irwin makes a sad announcement. Credit: Instagram/Bindi Irwin
Rhino the Rhinocerous iguana. Credit: Instagram/Bindi Irwin

“It is with a very heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to Rhino, but we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to be able to share him one last time with you guys,” she said.

Rhino, born in 1980, had received a Guinness World Record for being the oldest known iguana.

Robert Irwin added that Rhino loved eating hibiscus flowers and was a real character, full of “attitude” and “sass”.

“He lived a brilliant life every single day and that’s what you hold onto,” he said.

Bindi cries as the Irwin family announces the death of Rhino the Rhinocerous iguana. Credit: Instagram/Bindi Irwin

Chandler described the iguana as a “special part of the family.”

“He was the first animal you saw when you went through the Zoo gates,” he said.

The video posted by Bindi also showed the family spreading Rhino’s ashes beneath a tree at Australia Zoo.

It finished with footage of the late Steve Irwin talking about Rhino.

Robert Irwin as a young child with Rhino the iguana. Credit: Instagram/Bindi Irwin

Bindi’s followers expressed their sadness at the loss, with many having seen Rhino when visiting Australia Zoo.

“So sorry for your loss of Rhino,” one fan wrote.

“What a beautiful memorial.”

“Oh my heart, you are so loved sweet Rhino, I’ll always remember the smiles you put on my face!” another said.

Rhino lived to 42. Credit: Instagram/Bindi Irwin

“Thank you for caring and loving him. Everyone should treat animals the way you all do and the world would be a much happier place,” said a third.

“How beautiful this memorial was, and it made me cry,” one follower said.

“What a lucky rhino lizard he was to live at your amazing zoo.

“Thank you for sharing.”

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Source: 7News