Robert Irwin chokes back tears as he and Terri speak about the Australian bushfires

goss 08/01/2020

Steve Irwin's 16-year-old son Robert Irwin has been left fighting back tears during a live television interview while talking about the wildlife that has been affected by the devastating Australian bushfires.

Flanked by his mum Terri, who ended up taking over a lot of the talking while her son was visibilly upset, Robert discussed with the Australian morning TV show about the almost 500 million animals killed by the fires that have ravaged the nation.

Speaking on Sunrise alongside his mum Terri, the evidently emotional 16-year-old Robert said: "It's definitely an ongoing issue and we're just trying to do our best to help in any way we can."

"But it's a pretty tough situation. We're absolutely heartbroken."

Terri then went on to explain why the fires have had such a devastating impact on the country's koala population.

She said: "The consideration with koalas is that their instinct is to go up, safety is in the top of the tree, and with a hot fire, eucalyptus trees have so much oil in their leaves they actually ignite and explode. So being able to treat koalas is few and far between because they're basically incinerated, which is absolutely heartbreaking.

"But now is the time we need to look at more than just setting aside habitat. Koalas are classed as vulnerable and I think that after this event we need to really sit down and look at classing them as endangered and protecting our icons, our kangaroos, our koalas."