Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin died in a tragic accident a decade ago, but he's still alive to his heartbroken dad, Bob, who insists his daredevil son's spirit speaks to him from beyond the grave.
In an exclusive interview with Radar, Bob, 77, reveals he chats with the animal wrangler's specter when he's feeling down or needs advice — and the Croc Hunter always helps him out.
"I'm connected with him constantly in a spiritual way — that's your subconscious mind rather than your conscious," explains Bob, who continues Steve's conservation work on his Queensland ranch in the Australian bush.
"Some people believe in it — some people think it's a whole load of rubbish."
On bad days, when he's troubled, Bob says he slips "into a meditative state and … talks to Steve.
"He gives a little bit of advice here and there."
Steve was killed diving off the Great Barrier Reef in 2006 when a stingray barb pierced his heart.
His conversations with his son are "a prettypersonal situation," says Bob.
But Bob, who lives with wife Judy on a 500-acre spread named Camp Chilli, insists the advice helps him.
As Radar previously revealed, Steve and his dad seemed to have a psychic link. Bob says he sensed the end was near after his son confided he'd "almost reached his used by date" because of his many dangerous encounters with deadly critters.
While Bob is in contact with Steve, a ferocious family feud with daughter-in-law Terri has kept him from speaking with his grandkids Bindi, 18, and Robert, 13.
"I don't talk about them," says Bob, adding he hasn't visited Australia Zoo, started by Steve and run by Terri and the kids, for 10 years.
Bob and Terri refuse to reveal the reason behind the feud.
Insiders say their relationship soured after Steve died and Terri turned the zoo into a commercial theme park and thrust the kids into the spotlight.
Now, aging Bob fears he won't see his grandkids before he dies.
"Whatever happens, happens," he sighs.
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