People around the world are spending more time at home in order to practice social distancing to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Some of us are lucky enough to have our pets around to keep us company.
Robert Irwin has a non-human “isolation buddy” as well. The son of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin recently posted an image of himself hanging out with Igloo, an Aldabra tortoise.
Irwin took to Twitter to share a selfie taken with his reptile pal:
My self isolation buddy pic.twitter.com/Gu7H0ljF3U
— Robert Irwin (@RobertIrwin) March 31, 2020
“My self-isolation buddy,” he captioned the cheeky photo in which he’s copying Igloo’s expression.
In fact, the Irwins are hunkered down during this time with plenty of animal friends. They live at the Australia Zoo, which was founded by the Irwin family and where Igloo is also a resident. The zoo is home to more than 100 different species, and the organization also focuses on conservation efforts, crocodile research, wildlife protection and education programs.
So Irwin has a number of animals he can turn to for comfort during social distancing days, and he’s been posting multiple images of his self-isolation pals. Here he is with an echidna named Yella. Wow, Yella has a long tongue for eating insects!
On March 25, Steve’s sister, Bindi Irwin, wed her longtime boyfriend, Chandler Powell, at an intimate ceremony held at the zoo. To keep in line with social distancing rules, the only guests present were Robert and family matriarch Terri Irwin.
Bindi shared this sweet photo from the nuptials on Instagram, and in the caption, spoke of her love for her new husband:
“My dad used to say that I couldn’t marry anyone unless he could swim across the croc pond first,” she wrote to Powell in the post. “And now, here you are, helping us during our regular crocodile demonstrations.”
On April 20, the newlyweds took some cute selfies with a lemur:
The caption noted that while the zoo is temporarily closed to the public due to the pandemic, the happy couple is busy tending to the 1,200 animals that “call our gardens home.”
“Things are really challenging for us all at the moment,” she admitted. “However, it’s so important to focus on what really matters — family, friendship and things that make us smile even when we’re social distancing.”