Croc Hunter Jr. 'Proud' of First Snakebite

Mom gushes as 4-year-old Robert Irwin 'cops' nip by baby boa
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2008 10:40 AM CST

(Newser) – It's going to take more than a snakebite to scare the Crocodile Hunter's son out of his dad's footsteps, the AP reports. Robert Irwin, 4, was "proud to have copped his first hit" after being bitten on the finger by a baby boa constrictor, said his mother, Terri. "He said, 'I hope it wasn't venomous,' so I assured Robert I wouldn't actually let him play with venomous snakes." 

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Steve Irwin, Robert's father, died after suffering a stingray wound in 2006. Critics slammed his parenting in 2004 after he was filmed holding month-old Robert while feeding a crocodile, but his kids seem to be chips off the old croc hunter: Nine-year-old Bindi stars in "Bindi the Jungle Girl." (Read more Steve Irwin stories.)

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