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Bindi Irwin shares love of animals with Kidsday

Kidsday reporters Maggie Bodian, Shosana Markowitz, Samantha Shea

Kidsday reporters Maggie Bodian, Shosana Markowitz, Samantha Shea and Andrew Taub and, all from Waverly Park School in East Rockaway, met with Bindi Irwin on March 6, 2914, who is now the youth ambassador for SeaWorld's Kids' new Generation Nature. Photo Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

We met with Bindi Irwin, who was recently named SeaWorld's Youth Ambassador. She is the daughter of the late Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter." She brought a few animals for us to check out, too.

What did your dad do to inspire you to become an animal lover?

My dad, for me, was my living hero. He was amazing, and he inspired me with animals. He told me something that has lived with me forever. He said that you should always treat an animal the way that you wish to be treated. And that's so important for all of us to remember. No matter where you live, no matter what your life is, you've got to treat animals the way you wish to be treated. And with Dad, he inspired me so much to carry on in his footsteps and make sure all of his good work continues. That's why I'm so excited to be doing this work with SeaWorld. We've joined up with this brand-new program called Generation Nature, which is all about inspiring kids to make a difference.

What is your favorite animal?

I love crocodiles and snakes, but my favorite animals in the whole wide world are kittens. I love them so much.

Did you ever have any frightening experiences with the animals?

For me, I've been so blessed to live right in the middle of the Australia Zoo. So I've grown up around animals, which has been amazing. All the animals at the Australia Zoo kind of feel like my family. There was a time that scared me with an animal that I will never forget. Till this day I'm scared of this animal. I was about 4 years old and I was walking along and I would save everything. I would get people to stop going over ant trails. I was walking along and here was this bee that had been stepped on and it was dying on the path, and I had to get it off the path so no one else would step on it. And as I picked up the bee it stung me on the hand, and it really hurt. So I got the bee off the path, but I never forgot that. So all these years I have this terrible phobia about bees and wasps.

Do you consider what you do hard work or just having fun?

I think it's pretty fun. I have so much fun every day because I get to play with so many animals. And how cool is that? It's really special for me and I guess what's great is that I'm able to share that passion and love for wildlife and wild places with so many other people.

What is your biggest fear?

I have a terrible fear of elevator doors. They really scare me. When I'm walking through an elevator and the doors are trying to close and you're trying to hold them open, it really freaks me out.

Out of all the movies, TV shows and interviews you have done, what was the most fun for you?

Everything is so much fun. I love talking to you guys today. This is my favorite part of my entire trip and we've been in America for about a month. I did a show called "Bindi the Jungle Girl" when I was really little. It was really fun and I guess what was great about it is that I could film it with my whole family. We were filming with our animals and my real human family.

What do you like better -- land animals or sea animals?

That's hard. I love crocodiles but they could swim and they could live on land as well. Can I say both?

Where is the coolest or best place you've been and why?

I love New York, and you guys have squirrels here. We don't have them in Australia. So when we come here I just go to Central Park. I really like the Great Barrier Reef, which is in Australia. It's beautiful.

Do you think you can understand animals or do you think they can understand you?

I think both. I think with animals you can understand what they're feeling because animals have moods just like us. And if you work with an animal a lot you get to know its personality. And so just like people, some animals have a really happy personality and some animals are a little bit shy. It just depends. And with people I think an animal can understand you as well. If you're scared in front of an animal, the animal can sense that. It's the same with people. They know if you're having a happy day, or a sad day, like your dogs. I think that all animals have that factor.


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