Steve Irwin: Father quits the family park
After 18 months, the famous "Crocodile Hunter" late Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray's barb, a bitter feud between his widow and his father has been exposed. His father, 68 year old Bob Irwin have quitted the family's Australian conservation park.
The Australian media beleived that Terri Irwin, the widow of Steve Irwin and mother of two children had rift with Bob Irwin after his son's death in 2006.
Since he left the park earlier this year, Bob Irwin had told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. "I was becoming a disrupting influence, not that I meant to be".
Steve Irwin's parents had established a reptile haven in the year 1970 in the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland state and handed it's control to their son Steve two decades later. They named the park "Australia Zoo", which became the center of Steve Irwin's multimillion-dollar television, tourist and conservation operations.
Bob Irwin said in another interview, "It's a strange feeling to spend half your lifetime building something up and walking away from it".
Terri Irwin said she has a plan to expand the park. She wants to include hotel accommodation and a spa. She has also vowed to continue her late husband's conservation work. Daughter Bindi is being groomed to follow her father Steve Irwin into television.
Terri Irwin told reporters last month, "I just can assure everyone that I love Bob dearly". She is facing legal problems.
Australia Zoo and Terri Irwin are both being sued by a debt recovery agency for more than $2.3 million allegedly owed to creditors. The case is in the preliminary stages before the courts.