Bindi Irwin hints she'll walk down the aisle with a koala bear

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
The late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin in 2005 with his children Bob and Bindi, who is planning her wedding. (Photo: Newspix/Getty Images)

Steve Irwin’s daughter Bindi is planning to walk down the aisle with a koala bear on her wedding day.

The 21-year-old — whose zookeeper and conservationist dad died from a stingray injury to the heart in 2006 — is set to marry her boyfriend of four years, Chandler Powell, at Australia Zoo.

"We're so excited,” Powell told Good Morning America. “It's where we met and where we got engaged so it only makes sense that we'd have it at Australia Zoo.

"See, I think this wedding is going to be unique because it's going to be at the zoo with tons of animals."

Bindi Irwin is set to marry Chandler Powell at Australia Zoo. (Photo: MediaPunch /IPX)

Irwin agreed, adding, "I'm not sure how many people have walked down the aisle with a koala, but we may be setting some new trends for weddings from here on out."

She also revealed: “I chose the dress yesterday and it was amazing. Funnily enough I have everything else planned — but I left my dress to the last minute. It’s really special and I love it so much because it mimics my mom’s beautiful dress, so I kind of paid tribute to her beautiful wedding dress and I’m thrilled.”

Steve Irwin with his daughter Bindi in Uluru, Australia in 2006. (Photo: Australia Zoo via Getty Images)

Bindi’s 15-year-old brother Robert, who has followed in his late father’s Crocodile Hunter footsteps by performing with animals at the zoo, will also be walking his sister down the aisle.

Steve Irwin, who was just 44 when he died, married American-born conservationist Terri in 1992 and they worked together on TV shows up until his death.

American wakeboarding champion Powell, 22, met Bindi in 2013 when he visited Australia Zoo while on vacation with his family. They officially began dating in July 2015, after Powell contacted Terri Irwin and asked if he could take out her daughter. Last year he moved to Australia, where he works at the zoo and features in the Irwins’ reality show, Crikey! It’s The Irwins.

Steve Irwin died from a stingray attack in 2006. (MediaPunch /IPX)

“I get the most beautiful girl in the world,” the “lucky” Powell said. “I'm marrying into the most wonderful family."

Powell popped the question at the zoo in July, and the couple has revealed the new series of the show will see them release a koala back into the wild to commemorate their engagement.

Bindi also joked on The Kelly Clarkson Show this week that “maybe both” her brother Bob and a koala will walk her down the aisle on her big day.

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