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'This is my dad's handwriting to keep him with me, always': Bindi Irwin debuts tattoo honoring late father

The 23-year-old TV personality and animal conservationist posted a photo on Instagram, showcasing a tattoo of the words "graceful warrior" and an alligator.
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FILE - This April 26, 2018 file photo shows Chandler Powell, left, and Bindi Irwin at a ceremony honoring the late Steve Irwin with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

QUEENSLAND, Australia — Bindi Irwin, daughter of late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, debuted her new ink that honors her father.

The 23-year-old TV personality and animal conservationist posted a photo on Instagram Thursday, which showcases a tattoo of the words "graceful warrior" and an alligator.

"The words I spoke to our daughter as I held her for the first time in my arms were, 'My graceful warrior,'" Bindi wrote in the post, also indicating that's where her daughter's name, Grace, came from. "This is my dad’s handwriting to keep him with me, always."

Bindi said the alligator in the tattoo, named Daisy, represents her family's conservation work at Wildlife Warriors, which was established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin as a way to involve others in protecting injured, threatened or endangered wildlife.

Chandler Powell, Bindi's husband, commented on the post and wrote, "Such gorgeous artwork❤️ You amaze me every day. Each one is meaningful to mark this special time in our life together. Also, the Florida in me loves the alligator. 🐊 Love you so much."

Bindi gave birth to their daughter, Grace, on March 25, 2021 — which also happens to be the couple's wedding anniversary. 

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Robert Irwin from right, Bindi Irwin and Terri Irwin pose while touching the star at the ceremony honoring Steve Irwin with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Bindi made her television debut as a little girl seen around the world on her father's show "The Crocodile Hunter." 

Steve Irwin died in 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray.

Powell is a native of Seffner, Florida, but lives in Australia now. He previously competed in wakeboarding professionally but now works at the Australia Zoo in Queensland alongside Bindi.

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