On Aug. 11, conservationist and TV star Bindi Irwin, 22, revealed that she and her husband of four and a half months, Chandler Powell, 23, are expecting their first baby. "Baby Wildlife Warrior due 2021," she captioned a photo on Instagram.
An hour later, brother Robert Irwin took to social media to share his joy upon learning he's to be an uncle. "The most exciting news ever! I am so happy for Bindi and Chandler to be welcoming a new member of the family. I can't believe I'm going to be an uncle!!!" Robert, 16, captioned an Instagram photo of his family showing Bindi holding up a mini Australia Zoo uniform.
"It's such a happy time for our family – I look forward to this brilliant new chapter and all the fun adventures ahead with a new little Wildlife Warrior!" added Robert, a talented photographer who, like Bindi, Chandler and their mom, Terri Irwin, works at the zoo that came to fame under the direction of their late father, "Crocodile Hunter" star Steve Irwin.
Bindi took to the comments to praise her baby brother. "You're going to be the best uncle!! Baby and I love you! ☺️," Bindi wrote.
Mom Terri took to Twitter to share her elation too, calling it "the best day ever!" Terri gushed that the news that she's to be a grandmother has left her "over the moon."
"Words cannot express the love that is filling my heart. While I wish that Steve was here to share this beautiful moment, I know that he would be so proud," she added.
Bindi and Chandler, who married in March 2020 at the zoo in a scaled-back wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic, earlier explained that though Bindi is "still in my first trimester," they wanted to share their happy news now because "we really want you to be part of our journey from the beginning of this new life chapter," they wrote on Instagram.
They added, "We couldn't wait to share the news as this beautiful little being has become the most important part of our lives. Your support means the world to us. Please let me know your best advice and send good vibes & prayers to our little sweetheart. Love & light."