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Bindi Irwin's 32 most daring moments — and she's only 18!

Julie Sprankles is a freelance writer living in the storied city of Charleston, SC. When she isn't slinging sass for SheKnows, she enjoys watching campy SyFy creature features (Pirahnaconda, anyone?), trolling the internet for dance work...

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A bold soul

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A bold soul

Although Bindi recently joked the DWTS judges were scarier than any croc, we're convinced the teen is fearless. 

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Fearless in fashion, too

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Fearless in fashion, too

It's tough to open yourself up to scrutiny, but Bindi took a chance and succeeded beautifully in this fashion shoot. 

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Appearing on 'A Current Affair'

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Appearing on 'A Current Affair'

"We're really lucky we could have that long with him," then-8-year-old Bindi poignantly said on A Current Affair

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Hugging a giant tortoise

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Hugging a giant tortoise

Seriously, you guys, who knew tortoises were so gosh-darn snuggly? Bindi. Bindi knew. 

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Snowy peaks? NBD

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Snowy peaks? NBD

Posing for a pretty epic selfie with her buds, Bindi proves ain't no mountain high enough... literally. 

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Hand-feeding crocodiles

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Hand-feeding crocodiles

Croc-feeding shows at the Australia Zoo are a regular occurrence for Bindi — and she wouldn't have it any other way. 

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Chilling with a cheetah

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Chilling with a cheetah

During this photo shoot for the zoo, Bindi described the apex predator next to her as "happy and relaxed."

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Snuggling a python and all

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Snuggling a python and all

Is that snake whispering secrets in baby Bindi's ear? Wait. Is Bindi a parseltongue?

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Playing with a python

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Playing with a python

Yep, definitely a parseltongue.  

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Charming snakes and celebs

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Charming snakes and celebs

Baby Bindi is all grown up and now her python pics include celebrities, like OITNB's Ruby Rose. 

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Making a splash

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Making a splash

Swinging into a mountain stream, Bindi illustrates how we should all live our lives: with sweet abandon.

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Just another day at work

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Just another day at work

Not only does Bindi take selfies with crocs, but she radly does so to raise awareness for the creatures. 

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'Cause, rhino cuddles

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'Cause, rhino cuddles

If you thought hugging a giant tortoise was daunting, this picture of Bindi cuddling a rhino will astound you. 

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Toddling around with crocs

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Toddling around with crocs

Pretty sure I was learning to tie my shoes at age 6, while Bindi Sue was helping her dad wrangle crocs. 

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Earning her stripes

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Earning her stripes

Bindi looks positively regal chilling with a tiger for a photo she used to promote her parents' nonprofit, Wildlife Warriors.

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At the peak

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At the peak

If you're afraid of heights, you may not be able to hang with mountain-scaling Bindi Sue.

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Yes, that's an opossum

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Yes, that's an opossum

Hugging a tortoise? Sure. Cuddling a rhino? Maybe. But kissing an opossum? Bindi is bold, y'all. 

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Walking with modern-day dinosaurs

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Walking with modern-day dinosaurs

Bindi embraces the opportunity to cavort with crocs so she can carry on her father's legacy.

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Remembering her dad

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Remembering her dad

Shortly after her father's death, Bindi bravely paid tribute to him in front of thousands of people.

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Bungee jumping in Canada

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Bungee jumping in Canada

In a short Instagram vid, Bindi shared her bungee jumping experience. She didn't even hesitate!

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Oh, you know, just vibing out with Hedwig

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Oh, you know, just vibing out with Hedwig

OK, so technically this owl's name is Twinkle. But we're more convinced than ever Bindi belongs at Hogwarts. 

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Winning over David Letterman

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Winning over David Letterman

When Bindi appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman in 2007, she totally won the talk show host over.

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Lemur get this straight

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Lemur get this straight

We know hat head is a thing, but we didn't realize lemur head was until just now. 

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Edu-taining for the zoo

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Edu-taining for the zoo

Bindi routinely sings, dances and entertains the audience as part of the Jungle Girls show at the zoo.

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Hanging with kangaroos

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Hanging with kangaroos

In her happy place at the Australia Zoo, Bindi hangs out with this dapper joey and his kangaroo friends. 

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Equal opportunity reptile handler

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Equal opportunity reptile handler

Never one to leave any creature out, Bindi shows no trepidation in handling this American alligator. 

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Speaking at a gala dinner for her dad

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Speaking at a gala dinner for her dad

Looking gorgeous, Bindi and her family speak out in Steve's memory to raise funds for the zoo hospital. 

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Zenning with flamingos

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Zenning with flamingos

Never mind the sharply curved beak! Flamingos need love, too, and Bindi is happy to dole it out. 

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Taming a kookaburra

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Taming a kookaburra

Bindi can even charm kookaburras out of the old gum tree, proving she's basically a Disney princess. 

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Skydiving in New Zealand

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Skydiving in New Zealand

What more can we say? This girl is on fire. 

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Swimming with the manta rays

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Swimming with the manta rays

While hanging at Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort in Australia, Bindi swam with turtles and manta rays.

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Lying with a baby tiger(!)

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Lying with a baby tiger(!)

While reflecting on her 18th birthday, Bindi shared this pic of her and a baby tiger. Holy cow!

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