News

Robert's taking on Clive in the battle of the dinosaurs

Robert Irwin turns 9 and receives a 13 meter croc as his birthday gift.
Robert Irwin turns 9 and receives a 13 meter croc as his birthday gift. john mccutcheon

BINDI Irwin reckons her dad Steve would have had "a lot of fun" trying to catch the monster croc unveiled at Australia Zoo yesterday.

Given the zoo's new addition is 13 metres long and weighs five tonnes, even the legendary Crocodile Hunter would have had his hands full with it.

The sarcosuchus imperator (a prehistoric crocodile) was given to Robert Irwin for his ninth birthday on what the youngster referred to as "the funnest day ever".

Filled with as much energy as his father had, Robert's eyes lit up as his mother Terri pulled back the sheet of his gigantic new toy.

"Well, I actually have got a lot of presents, but I think this is definitely the best," he said. "I tried to get a glimpse of it yesterday but security wouldn't let me in."

With the youngster joking about filling Australia Zoo with dinosaurs, mum Terri said they may be inclined give one Coast identity a run for his money.

"I think we'll just make Clive Palmer utterly jealous," she said.

"You can just see him saying, 'Oh, I don't have a sarcosuchus'."

Australia Zoo artist Cameron Chapman spent five weeks constructing the beast and said the project had its moments.

"You have to work to the speed of the concrete," he said. "If it goes off, you've got to carve it and get it done that way."

The monster croc is incredibly detailed and Terri said she was blown away by Mr Chapman's determination and vision.

"I just can't believe Cameron could build it," she said.

"We'd appreciate in any vision of Cameron, that you fuzz him out so Disney doesn't steal him."

Other highlights of Robert's birthday celebrations included mechanical dinosaurs roaming around the park with palaeontologist and fossil displays.

Pulling at the massive teeth as he stood inside the giant croc's mouth, Robert said he looked forward to aging gracefully.

"Mum said that I'm starting to get grey hairs."

Topics:  australia zoo, bindi irwin, crocodile, robert irwin, steve irwin, terri irwin




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

National Sorry Day treads the long path to reconciliation

SAY HELLO : Kabi Kabi and Butchulla elder Aunty Lillian Burke says there is still much to be done to reach reconciliation  for indigenous Australians.

'If you’re in a cafe or a bank, just say hello'

IS IT POSSIBLE? How to live alongside flying-foxes

A vexed questionof living with flying foxes will be discussed this Friday at the NPA forum.

THE conflict between urbanites and wildlife has a new battleground

New careers on track with Gympie expo

East Coast Tafe career advisors Renee Galvin and Mark Haas at the expo.

A quick run down on the Gympie Regional Careers Expo at the pavilion

Latest deals and offers


10 Things You Absolutely Have to do in Gympie in Autumn

NUMBER 7: Go beach camping at Inskip Point this autumn and you can watch the whales off Rainbow Beach or Double Island Point.

10 Things You Absolutely Have to do in the Gympie region in Autumn

Road rage caught on Dashcam

Attack with a baseball bat caught on Dashcam

Video of a violent road rage incident in Orange last December.

Greg Inglis inside Maroons Training Camp

Queensland Centre Greg Inglis

Queensland Centre Greg Inglis gives his view of first training session.

Cameron Smith talks about 37 Origins

Cameron Smith, the most Origin games by a Queenslander.

Qld Captain Cameron Smith talks about his record-breaking 37 Origin appearances.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago