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News Source: The Courier-Mail (14th March 2007)
by Nikki Protyniak and Duncan Byrne
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TWO thousand screaming schoolchildren welcomed Australia’s own mini wildlife warrior Bindi Irwin to Melbourne yesterday.

The bubbly eight-year-old and her burly Crocmen had them bouncing in the aisles like kangaroos and screeching like monkeys in an hour-long show at the Melbourne Town Hall.

It is the first time Bindi has performed on stage in Australia outside her family’s Australia Zoo in Queensland.

Mum Terri Irwin told the hyped-up schoolkid crowd that she and Bindi were thrilled to be in Melbourne.

“You’ve got the biggest tiger snakes anywhere. They’re fantastic,” she said to cheers.

Bindi, the daughter of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, was in Melbourne for the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund, which sponsors a program to encourage children to exercise more.

“Young people need to keep fit,” Lord Mayor John So said, before Bindi stepped on stage.

“Dance as much as you can.”

And they did. Very loudly.

But there was no doubt who the kids came to see.

“Bindi was the best and she’s really good at acting,” said fan Charelle.

Girls from Roberts McCubbin Primary School in Box Hill, in Melbourne’s east, dubbed her better than Britney Spears.

“She was really, really great,” said Year 2 student Emily.

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