It seems Robert Irwin has “politely” turned down an American tourist who is fond of Australia’s very own crocodile wrangler.
“I think you’re so cute and I was wondering if I could have your number,” Megan Grass told Irwin after finishing a show at Australia Zoo, in a video that went viral earlier this week. TikTok†
Grass and Irwin spoke on camera for a while, before Irwin had to go back to work – and this morning Grass appeared on Today to provide an update on their connection. Watch the original video and her interview above.
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In the original video, Irwin can be seen walking closer to where Grass was sitting to hear her, and laughed when he realized what she was saying.
“Well, I’m very flattered,” he begins to reply. “Uh, thank you. Where are you from?’
Grass confirms she’s visiting from America, and when Irwin insists, she says she’s from Utah.
“Cool, Utah is great!” says Irwin, before explaining the “easiest” way to get in touch with him, which is to message him on Instagram so that his people can follow instead of trying to contact him on mobile, since his phone number is “hit and miss”.
After Irwin revealed this, Grass said she had tried to message him on Instagram the night before to tell him she was coming to Australia Zoo.
“Oh no!” says Irwin, before asking her for her name so he can look up the missed message and wave her goodbye.
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This morning, however, Grass confirmed that she still hasn’t heard from Irwin.
Speak with Today‘s Karl Stefanovic and Brooke Boney live from Port Douglas, Grass said, although Irwin hasn’t responded to her, she still thinks her “daring move” paid off.
“I think it definitely paid off because I got the chance to meet Robert, which is really cool,” Grass said. “I definitely didn’t expect it to explode like that, but it was a really cool experience all together and Robert was so sweet about it.”
Grass says she didn’t expect to get the attention she got when her video exploded “on TikTok because she only shared it so her friends and family could see she met Irwin.
“I just think he’s literally the sweetest person ever, like I was a stranger asking for his number and he didn’t have to be polite about it, but he sure was,” she said when asked what she liked so much. finds Irwin. “I just think he’s a great guy put together.”
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Grass said romantic interest is not necessary to reciprocate her bond with Irwin and told Stefanovic and Boney that she would “become his friend”.
She doesn’t take Irwin’s lack of response personally, though, saying, “Robert is also very busy and if he sees it, he sees it, and if he doesn’t, it’s totally okay.”
Grass left a message for Irwin on the show, “Thank you so much for being so kind.”
She also said that if he ever needs someone to hold a koala, she’s his girl.
It’s not the first time someone from the United States has caught the attention of an Irwin – in fact, Steve Irwin and Terri Irwin met when she visited Australia Zoo as a tourist from Oregonand decades later, Bindi Irwin met her husband Chandler Powellfrom Florida, when he visited Australia Zoo and went on a tour led by her†
Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell married seven years later and are now parents to one-year-old daughter Grace Warrior Irwin Powell.
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