If you were to look up the hashtag “isolation selfie” you’ll find that social media is flooded with people stuck in their homes trying their best to stay sane in the midst of a global pandemic which has led to people being forced into a lockdown situation. Celebs are no different from the rest of us, and many of them are also facing quarantine.
The son of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, Robert Irwin, was one of those to post a selfie of himself spending time with his “self-isolation buddy,” and it’s not whom you’d expect. Instead of a human companion, Robert’s picture featured Igloo, a tortoise. And it’s just the content that we needed.
My self isolation buddy 😐 pic.twitter.com/Gu7H0ljF3U
— Robert Irwin (@RobertIrwin) March 31, 2020
The 16-year-old Irwin captioned the post simply as “My self-isolation buddy,” and it ended up getting more than 800,000 likes and counting shortly after he posted it.
According to the Australia Zoo’s website, the organization owned by the Irwin family, Igloo is an Aldabra tortoise. As the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute points out, this species of tortoise was “one of the first species to be protected to ensure its survival.”
The viral picture was taken only days following the stay-at-home orders from Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, who urged the Australian public to “stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary you go out,” avoiding large gatherings, etc. in the process.
According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 4,800 cases of COVID-19 in Australia, including about 20 deaths so far.
According to BuzzFeed News, just prior to the Australian government’s restrictions of such large gatherings due to the pandemic, Bindi Irwin revealed that she’d had a guest-less wedding.
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March 25th 2020 ❤️ We held a small ceremony and I married my best friend. There are no words to describe the amount of love and light in my heart right now. We’ve planned this beautiful day for nearly a year and had to change everything, as we didn’t have guests at our wedding. This was a very difficult decision but important to keep everyone safe. We wish all of our friends and family could have been there with us, however it’s lovely that we will be able to share photos and videos. Right now we’re encouraging the world to hold onto hope and love, which will carry us forward during this profound time in history. Today we celebrated life and revelled in every beautiful moment we shared together in our Australia Zoo gardens. Mum helped me get ready, Robert walked me down the aisle, Chandler became my husband and together we lit a candle in Dad’s memory. We shared tears and smiles and love. Thankfully, since we all live at Australia Zoo as a family, we could be there for each other. To everyone reading this – stay safe, social distance and remember LOVE WINS!
Sharing a post on Instagram, Bindi wrote that she had “planned this beautiful day for nearly a year and had to change everything, as we didn’t have guests at our wedding.”
“This was a very difficult decision but important to keep everyone safe. We wish all of our friends and family could have been there with us, however, it’s lovely that we will be able to share photos and videos,” she stated, while also encouraging other members of the public to remain safe by practice social distancing.
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