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Robert Irwin loves his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album

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He is a proud uncle of 17 after his sister welcomed her first child, daughter Grace Warrior, earlier this year.

And Robert Irwin loved the time he spent with his niece at the Australia Zoo this week.

The budding photographer was spotted in love with the eight-month-old toddler in sweet photos he posted to Instagram.

Uncle Bob! Robert Irwin adores his niece Grace Warrior in sweet photos from his family album – when Bindi’s daughter turns eight months old

Robert, dressed in his signature khaki uniform, cradled baby Grace in his arms as she brutally tried to grab his face.

The bub was dressed in a cute plaid playsuit and a top knot headband.

The post comes after Robert has reportedly sparked fears for his safety as the teen feels pressured to live up to his famous father Steve’s audacious legacy.

According to Woman’s Day magazine, the teen has worried friends and family about his “risky” behavior.

“Robert has been doing very risky things lately,” a family insider told the publication.

Cheeky!  Robert, dressed in his signature khaki uniform, cradled baby Grace in his arms as she tried to grab his face

Cheeky! Robert, dressed in his signature khaki uniform, cradled baby Grace in his arms as she tried to grab his face

Concern: The post comes after Robert has reportedly raised fears for his safety as the teen feels pressured to live up to his famous father Steve's audacious legacy.

Concern: The post comes after Robert has reportedly raised fears for his safety as the teen feels pressured to live up to his famous father Steve’s audacious legacy.

“The fear is that this daring venture is hiding something deeper, as if it were a way for him to connect with his father,” she added.

Robert’s mother Terri would be especially concerned about her teenage son.

“It’s about his mother Terri, who is really concerned about Robert’s apparent need to get out of the shadows of his father and sister,” the source said.

Robert, who is a talented amateur photographer, regularly sees famous scenes from his late father’s show, The Crocodile Hunter, mimicking – feeding giant crocodiles and swimming with sharks.

Connection: 'The fear is that this daring venture hides something deeper, as if it were a way for him to connect with his father,' added a family friend

Connection: ‘The fear is that this daring venture hides something deeper, as if it were a way for him to connect with his father,’ added a family friend

Dangerous: Report comes just weeks after Robert shared footage of him swimming alongside a deadly whitetip shark for Discovery Channel

Dangerous: Report comes just weeks after Robert shared footage of him swimming alongside a deadly whitetip shark for Discovery Channel

The report comes just weeks after Robert shared footage for the Discovery Channel of him swimming alongside a deadly whitetip shark.

In a preview of the show, Robert described the deadly animals as more “active hunters” than crocodiles.

“That was a great experience,” Robert said of his underwater adventure.

Deadly and dangerous: In a preview of the show, Robert described the deadly animals as more

Deadly and dangerous: In a preview of the show, Robert described the deadly animals as more “active hunters” than crocodiles

Father Steve died on September 4, 2006, after being stabbed in the chest by a stingray while filming on the Great Barrier Reef.

In the years since Steve’s death, the Irwin family – including Robert’s sister Bindi and his mother Terri – have continued their conservation work at the Australia Zoo.

In December, Robert shared a touching video of his late father preparing the Australia Zoo team for his birthday.

Shock death: Father Steve died on September 4, 2006, after being stabbed in the chest by a stingray while filming on the Great Barrier Reef

Shock death: Father Steve died on September 4, 2006, after being stabbed in the chest by a stingray while filming on the Great Barrier Reef

He said at the time that he hoped Steve would be proud of the man he was becoming.

“Our dear Australia Zoo crew made this beautiful video to celebrate my birthday and it means the world to me,” Robert wrote on Instagram.

“I am honored to carry on my father’s legacy and I hope more than anything that he would be proud.”

Remembrance:

Remembrance: “I am honored to carry on my father’s legacy and I hope more than anything that he would be proud,” Robert previously said of Steve (pictured here)

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