'Rest In Peace My Lovely Girl': Bindi Irwin Reveals Heartbreaking Loss Of Beloved Pet

Bindi Irwin has shared a touching message following the death of her 13-year-old chicken, Piggy.

Bindi took to Instagram to share her heartbreak over the loss of her much-loved pet, who had been a part of the Irwin family since dad Steve was alive.

Holding the black-feathered chicken in her arms in a sweet snap, Bindi wrote:

"For nearly 13 years you made us smile through life’s ups and downs. Rest In Peace my lovely girl".

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Younger brother Robert also paid tribute to their feathered friend in his own post to Instagram, captioning two snaps alongside Piggy  -- one recent and one when Robert was a child -- that read:

“Almost 13 years ago, ‘Piggy’ came into our family and brought so much joy to everyone who knew her over the years. I’ve never known a chicken with the character and personality that this hen had, she was one of a kind. We’ll miss you little Pig."

The pair's mum, Terri, added via Twitter: "When @RobertIrwin was just three years old we adopted a baby chicken that he named “Piggy”. We loved her every day of her nearly 13 years."

The sad loss comes just days after the Bindi opened about her wedding plans to fiance Chandler Powell, saying she hoped to pay tribute to her late father during the ceremony.

“I really want to include Dad on the day and make sure that he is with us in some way,” Bindi tells PEOPLE. “Just little bits of Dad that will make it feel like he’s there with us.”

“We’ll have candle lighting ceremony,” she explains. “So we’ll be able to all get up as a little family and light a candle in his honour and share a few words on what an amazing dad he was and still is".

The famous wildlife lover died in September 2006 while shooting the documentary series 'Ocean’s Deadliest' when he was pierced in the heart by a stingray off the coast of northern Australia. He was 44.

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