Bindi Irwin welcomed the baby girl and honored her late father's name

Bindi Irwin welcomed the baby girl and honored her late father's name

Bindi Irwin and her husband, Chandler Powell, have welcomed their first child together, the wildlife expert announced on Instagram Friday. Irwin revealed her daughter's name, saying the middle name honors her later father, Steve Irwin.

"March 25, 2021. Celebrating the two loves of my life. Happy first wedding anniversary to my sweetheart husband and day of birth to our beautiful daughter," the 22-year-old wrote on Instagram, sharing a shot with her husband and newborn. 

Irwin and husband Chandler Powell took to social media late on Friday evening to announce the birth of their firstborn, Grace Warrior Irwin Powell.

They said she was born on Thursday, on the anniversary of their marriage at Australia Zoo. 

"Our graceful warrior is the most beautiful light," Irwin, 22, wrote on social media.

"Grace is named after my great-grandmother, and relatives in Chandler’s family dating back to the 1700s.

"Grace Warrior Irwin Powell," she continued. "Our graceful warrior is the most beautiful light." Irwin explained Grace was her great-grandmother's name, as well as the name of her husband's relatives, dating back to the 1700s. "Her middle names, Warrior Irwin, are a tribute to my dad and his legacy as the most incredible Wildlife Warrior," Irwin posted.

"Her last name is Powell and she already has such a kind soul just like her dad.

"There are no words to describe the infinite amount of love in our hearts for our sweet baby girl. She chose the perfect day to be born and we feel tremendously blessed."

Powell said his daughter would be "surrounded by a whole lot of love".

"Thank you for gracing us on our wedding anniversary, so excited to have you home," he wrote on Twitter.

Irwin's mother Terri Iriwn tweeted that: "Steve would be beyond proud."

Irwin's brother Robert also shared the news, with a tweet saying he "can’t wait for this exciting journey ahead!" 

Steve Irwin, an Australian television personality and conservationist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed in 2006 by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.

His wife, Terri, and kids, Bindi and Robert, carried on his legacy by running the Australia Zoo. 

Bindi Irwin and her family also help run the Zoo's nonprofit, Wildlife Warriors, which the late Irwin started in 2002. When she announced she was pregnant last August, Irwin called her baby a "Wildlife Warrior." 

She also recently announced a new line of "Baby Wildlife Warrior" apparel ahead of her due date, the proceeds of which will help support the conservation efforts of Wildlife Warriors Worldwide.

In a post on his own Instagram account, Irwin's husband wrote a message to his newborn daughter. "You have a big life ahead of you and no matter what, you will be surrounded by a whole lot of love," he wrote. "Thank you for gracing your beautiful mother and me on our wedding anniversary, so excited to have you home."