According to statements on Instagram made by Bindi Irwin and Robert Irwin, a “family member of 38 years” who was dearly loved has passed away.
The Irwins bid farewell to their pet echidna, who was part of the family before Bindi and Robert were born.
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Bindi Irwin, who is 24 years old, broke the news on Instagram with a sequence of photographs that included the adorable echidna and the rest of the Irwin family.
On Thursday, she shared her thoughts about “saying goodbye to our beautiful family member of 38 years.”
“The sweetest, friendliest, most amazing echidna you ever did meet.
Angel, may you forever rest in peace.”
Shortly after Bindi shared the news with the world, Robert republished the photos with a broken heart emoji superimposed on them.
In the comments area, supporters offered their sympathies to the family.
Just over two weeks ago, Bindi and her family celebrated her 24th birthday together. One week later, the terrible news was posted on Instagram.