Robert Irwin left bruised and bloodied after alarming animal encounter

“I found this python on the side of a ride, but as you can see, sometimes snake rescues don’t quite go to plan. 😂”
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Robert Irwin has been left bruised and bloody after a close encounter with a snake, leaving fans both alarmed and in awe of his bravery. 

In a video shared with his 3.7 million followers on Instagram, Robert shared a clip of a python he was handling striking out and latching onto his face, hitting him right between the eyes, and leaving blood dripping down from his temple and nose. 

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But despite the drama, the 19-year-old remained calm. 

But the video didn’t end there, after the clip of Rob being ‘attacked’ played, a video of his father, beloved ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin in a similar predicament more than 20 years ago on his television show. 

“Déjà vu,” Rob captioned the video. 

“Dad and me getting bitten by the same species of snake (carpet python) decades apart.”

“I found this python on the side of a ride, but as you can see, sometimes snake rescues don’t quite go to plan. 😂”

Like father like son. (Credit: Instagram)

As he wiped the blood away from his face, Rob was all smiles as he reflected upon his injuries. 

“There’s a good snake,” Rob is heard saying in the video as he picks up the python moments before disaster struck (literally).

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“So I’ll get myself cleaned up…I got a little bit too close, so he gave me a bite. They’ve got extremely sharp teeth, it’s like little needles.”

“Luckily he didn’t get my eyeball,” he added. 

Rob was grateful that the snake strike didn’t involve his eyes. (Credit: Instagram)

Fans were quick to share in their admiration of the wildlife warrior. 

“I love that Robert’s response to the bite is patience and grace just like his dad’s. ❤️ Most people’s immediate response to being hurt like that is anger,” one follower commented. 

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“Imagine that python is somehow a distant relative of the one who got your dad too 🤯,” another added. 

“Robert, don’t make me cry!! You are your dad made over, he’s so proud of you! We all are,” said a third. 

And in a comment that garnered thousands of likes, one fan joked: “Snake: Irwin eh?” 

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