Eight-year-old Bindi Irwin holds a deadly looking snake. "This snake is very venomous," she says into the camera. "Is this true, or am I just... whoa!" — she ducks and weaves as the critter's head oscillates wildly — "bluffing?"
Wendy the Woma python is not cooperating. Bindi's mom, Terri, jumps in on the sixth take as the highly endangered snake slithers across the table and out of the shot.
"Bindi, that's brilliant," Terri says. "Just look at the screen and don't worry about the snake. If you need to do anything, do like Daddy — spread your arms and legs wide and jump around!"
The crew laughs. Bindi nails it and gives the python a kiss on the head. (Turns out she was bluffing.)
"Doing like Daddy" comes naturally to the plucky girl in pigtails and de rigueur khaki. Daddy, of course, is t
Discovery Kids' Bindi: The Jungle Girl, a 26-part series debuting June 9 and aiming to gets kids interested in wildlife conservation, will include appearances by Steve Irwin, who began filming the series with his daughter Bindi months prior to his tragic September demise. Also, says Reuters, the night before Jungle Girl's premiere, Animal Planet will serve up My Daddy the Croc Hunter, in which 8-year-old Bindi reflects on growing up with her famous pop.