Terri Irvine nearly had a heart attack when she saw horrifying footage of her teenage son Robert nearly being eaten by a 13-foot crocodile.
This month, horrifying footage emerged of 18-year-old Robert Irwin nearly being eaten by a saltwater crocodile named Casper.
A teenager was forced to flee when a huge beast lunged at him at an Australian zoo while feeding.
And his mother Terri Irwin reportedly reacted with horror when her husband Steve died in 2006 at the age of 44 when a short-tailed stingray pierced his chest.
Fears: Terri Irvine ‘nearly had a heart attack’ when she saw horrific footage of her teenage son Robert nearly being eaten by a 13-foot crocodile.
The late Crocodile Hunter’s wife “nearly had a heart attack when she saw how close Robert came to a tragic end,” a source told Woman’s Day.
According to the magazine, the 57-year-old matriarch of the Irvine family is “traumatized” by Steve’s tragic death.
Watching her teenage son work as a dangerous animal trainer just like his father made Terry uncomfortable, and she wishes father and son “were not so alike sometimes”.
Close call: Robert, 18, was recently nearly eaten by a crocodile at an Australian zoo after he ignored his lunch and lunged at it
The 57-year-old matriarch of the Irvine family is “traumatized” by Steve’s tragic death. Terry, Steve and daughter Bindi in 2002.
WHO IS CASPER?
- Casper is one of two leucistic saltwater crocodiles at the Australian Zoo.
- Leucistic basically means that animals have a dramatic decrease in dark skin pigment.
- The Australian Zoo describes Casper as “one of the most aggressive crocodiles we have ever seen.”
- He was paired with the zoo’s other leucistic crocodile, a female named Wendy.
- Casper is 3.7 meters long and weighs a whopping 350 kilograms.
- According to the Australian Zoo, his condition means he was likely picked up from the wild.
In heartbreaking footage, Robert is seen telling other zookeepers to “get out on bail” as a rare “leucistic” saltie named Casper lunges at the teen.
Robert was checking to see if Casper was comfortable enough in his new enclosure to exhibit at the famous Queensland Zoo.
However, the 3.7-meter and 350-kilogram beast ignored the food offered by Robert and rushed straight to the teenager with snapping jaws.
He was forced to flee shouting “Bail, bail, bail!” when he ran away from the approaching reptile.
A bird’s-eye view of the drama showed how he narrowly escaped the crocodile’s jaws.
The clip was from the season finale of the American television show Crikey! It’s the Irwins and Robert posted it on social media.
Casper is a leucistic saltwater crocodile, which means that he suffers from a dramatic decrease in dark skin pigment and appears lighter compared to other crocodiles.
According to the Australian Zoo, his condition means he was “hunted at a young age in the wild”.
They also describe Casper as “one of the most aggressive crocodiles we’ve ever seen.”
However, at the zoo, he was paired with a female saltwater crocodile with the same disease named Wendy.
Snappy: In a heartbreaking video, a teen was attacked by a saltwater crocodile named Casper.
Dash: Robert was trying to figure out if Casper was comfortable enough in his new enclosure to exhibit at the Australian Zoo. However, Kasper ignored the food offered by Robert and, snapping his jaws, rushed straight at the teenager himself.
Rare Beast: Casper (pictured) is a leucistic saltwater crocodile, which means he suffers from a dramatic decrease in dark skin pigment and appears lighter in color compared to other crocodiles.
Patriarch: In 2006, Robert’s father Steve Irwin (pictured in 2003) died while filming a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.