Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

He is a proud uncle at 17 after his sister welcomed her first child, daughter Grace Warrior, earlier this year.

And Robert Irwin relished in spending time with his niece at Australia Zoo this week.

The budding photographer was seen doting over the eight month old tot in sweet photographs he posted on Instagram.

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

Uncle Bob! Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album – as Bindi’s daughter turns eight months old

Dressed in his signature khaki uniform, Robert cradled baby Grace in his arms as she cheekily tried to grab his face.

The bub was dressed in a cute checked playsuit and top knot headband.

The post comes after Robert has reportedly sparked fears for his safety as the teen feels the pressure to live up to his famous father Steve’s daredevil legacy. 

According to Woman’s Day magazine, the teen has left friends and family worried about his ‘risky’ behaviour.  

‘Robert’s doing some very risky things lately,’ a family insider told the publication.

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

Cheeky! Dressed in his signature khaki uniform, Robert cradled baby Grace in his arms as she tried to grab his face

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

Concerns: The post comes after Robert has reportedly sparked fears for his safety as the teen feels the pressure to live up to his famous father Steve’s daredevil legacy.

‘The fear is this daredevil business is hiding something deeper, like it’s a way for him to connect with his dad,’ they added. 

Robert’s mother Terri is said to be particularly worried about her teenage son. 

‘It’s concerning his mum Terri, who really worries about Robert’s obvious need to come out of his dad and sister’s shadows,’ the source said.

Robert, who is a talented amateur photographer, is regularly seen recreating famous scenes from his late father’s show, The Crocodile Hunter – feeding giant crocodiles and swimming with sharks. 

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News
, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

Connection: ‘The fear is this daredevil business is hiding something deeper, like it’s a way for him to connect with his dad,’ a family friend added

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

Dangerous: The report comes just weeks after Robert shared footage of him swimming alongside a deadly white-tip shark for Discovery Channel 

The report comes just weeks after Robert shared footage of him swimming alongside a deadly white-tip shark for Discovery Channel. 

In a preview for the show, Robert described the deadly animals as more ‘active hunters’ than crocs.

‘That was an awesome experience,’ said Robert of his underwater adventure.   

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

Deadly and dangerous: In a preview for the show, Robert described the deadly animals as more ‘active hunters’ than crocs

Father Steve died on September 4, 2006, after being pierced through the chest by a stingray barb while filming on the Great Barrier Reef.

In the years since Steve’s death, the Irwin family – including Robert’s sister, Bindi, and his mother, Terri – have continued his conservation work at Australia Zoo.  

In December, Robert shared a touching video of his late father which the team at Australia Zoo had prepared for his birthday.

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

Shock death: Father Steve died on September 4, 2006, after being pierced through the chest by a stingray barb while filming on the Great Barrier Reef

He said at the time he hoped Steve would be proud of the man he was becoming.

‘Our lovely Australia Zoo crew made this beautiful video to celebrate my birthday, and it means the world to me,’ Robert wrote on Instagram.

‘I am beyond honoured to continue my dad’s legacy and I hope more than anything that he would be proud.’

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

, Robert Irwin dotes over his niece Grace Warrior in sweet pictures from his family album, The Habari News

Memory: ‘I am beyond honoured to continue my dad’s legacy and I hope more than anything that he would be proud,’ Robert has said previously of Steve (pictured here)