Teenager Bindi Irwin and boyfriend Chandler Powell are living together at her late father Steve’s famed Australia Zoo — with his ghost’s blessing!
In a shocking exclusive, Radar Online has learned Bindi, 18, believes her dad, Steve Irwin, sent Chandler to her from beyond the grave to take care of her — and replace him as "The Crocodile Hunter!"
"Bindi is very spiritual. She thinks Chandler is an angel – literally," dished an insider. "She believes her dad sent him to her from beyond the grave."
"It’s hard to disagree with her. Chandler is practically Steve reincarnated, plus he worships the ground Bindi walks on. They’re inseparable."
That belief is more than evident after Florida-born wakeboarding champ Chandler, 20, unofficially moved into the luxury quarters Bindi shares with her mom, Terri, and brother, Robert, 13, in a sectioned-off area of the park, snitched a source.
"Terri’s hardly ever there anymore. She’s always heading off in her helicopter," spilled the spy. "Bindi and Chandler love it when she’s away. The place becomes their own private love nest."
As Radar’s eye-in-the-sky photographer revealed, the area around the family’s private quarters includes pens, not visible to the public, that house four crocodiles.
“Bindi loves taking Chandler out to the crocodile ponds to teach him exactly what her father taught her years ago,” spilled an insider.
But Bindi refuses to marry Chandler until he becomes an expert crocodile handler!
Steve Irwin died at age 44 in 2006 in a stingray attack.
Bindi met Chandler in 2013, and they’ve grown closer since the dimpled darling won Dancing With the Stars in 2015.
Chandler now wears his own monogrammed replica of Steve’s iconic khaki uniform, and insiders dished that — just as Steve wished — he’s being groomed to take over the zoo’s conservation program.
“Bindi and her mom, Terri, are so focused on the commercial side of things now that their appearances with animals are just a publicity stunt,” said one zookeeper. “But Chandler’s a different story. He’s always in the wildlife hospital trying to learn everything he can. He’s enthusiastic, and he’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get dirty — just like Steve!”
Terri has struggled to keep the zoo afloat, and Chandler’s arrival as its new face comes amid an escalating feud with Steve’s family.
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