Like all of us, Bindi Irwin and Bubbles are “patiently waiting for the weekend to arrive!” In the meantime, the daughter of Steve Irwin and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warrior is showcasing this amazing little kookaburra’s tale.
“This cutie fell in a pool, sustaining mild soft tissue trauma and was treated by the expert vet team at our #AustraliaZoo Wildlife Hospital,” Bindi begins on her official Instagram Wednesday.
While it’s not possible to save all wildlife, stories like Bubble’s offer hopeful glimpses into the amazing conservation work of zoos worldwide; something the Irwin’s Australia Zoo has been at the forefront of for decades.
Thanks to their efforts, “Bubbles made a full recovery and was released back into the wild,” Bindi cites. It’s a wonderful thing, too. Just look at that feathery face:
Bindi Irwin follower Jen is beyond grateful for Bubble’s story, as are so many. “She is gorgeous. My favourite bird. Thanks for sharing!” she replies on Instagram. Fan Lisa echoes this with “such a sweet looking bird!”
“I thought kookaburra we’re a thing of children’s books, not real!” comments follower Aimee. They absolutely look like caricatures of a bird, but kookaburras are, in fact, very real! For many years, this remarkable family of birds were threatened with extinction, too. Thanks to the conservation efforts of Australia Zoo and allies across the globe, however, they’re now a stable species of “least concern.”
Bindi Irwin and Bubbles Highlight Australia’s Beloved Kookaburras
From the “merry, merry king of the bush” children’s song to their distinctive call, kookaburras have long been a staple of Australian wildlife. Bubbles looks to be a male of the laughing kookaburra species; the largest of the Kingfisher bird family.
Laughing kookaburras are a symbol of Australia’s birdlife. They’re native to the eucalyptus forests of eastern Australia. National Geographic cites that while they grow to nearly 20-inches in length, they still only weight a single pound at most.
Their large, characteristic beaks can reach 4-inches alone, giving them their distinctive “cutie” look in addition to prominent eyes, as Bindi Irwin says. Despite this adorable appearance, however, the laughing kookaburra is a voracious predator.
Kookaburras use these big beaks to catch everything from insects to small reptiles, frogs, and also other birds. They’ve even been observed consuming small snakes, too. Yet their wider introduction into western Australia and New Zealand has led to many farmers despising them for preying on young fowl. Not exactly what you’d expect from Bubbles, is it?
Keep up the excellent work, Bindi Irwin!