Robert Irwin hasn't had the best start to 2018. The wildlife photographer underwent emergency surgery this week. Irwin, 14, was rushed to hospital to remove his "pesky appendix," but he seems to be doing just fine.
Although a minor surgery, anyone who's ever had an appendectomy would be quick to tell you it feels anything but minor at the time.
His Instagram post revealing that he had surgery has been flooded with well-wishing fans hoping for a quick recovery. "My heart literally stopped for a second, get better soon," one wrote.
There's word whether a fellow wildlife photographer and friend has made her way to visit him at the hospital yet. Robert reportedly met Tess Poyner, also 14-years-old, at the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year awards in Adelaide, Australia, a few months ago, and the two have stayed in touch since. In September, Robert invited Narooma High School student Tess to stay with him for a week at Australia Zoo, just like his sister, Bindi, did with Chandler in the early days of their romance.
Hopefully Robert recovers in time to shoot the family's new TV show, which will be returning to Animal Planet this year. "We have wonderful new adventures coming to your television screen," Bindi said last year. "It all started in 1996 with the Crocodile Hunter, and now the Irwin family is back," said mom, Terri Irwin.
"[We've] been waiting since you guys were still small for you to grow up and bring us only what the Irwin family can bring us! Miss your dad so so much," said one commenter, voicing what we were all thinking.
A spokesperson with Discovery Communications confirmed the news and said we can expect the series to be action-oriented and have a true sense of authenticity thanks to the kids following so naturally in their father's footsteps.
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