Bindi Irwin has announced the sad death of a "beautiful family member".MORE: Bindi Irwin shares rare photo of lookalike daughter GraceThe 24-year-old – whose father is the late 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin – shared the heartbreaking news on Thursday that her 38-year-old echidna has died, alongside a carousel of happy photos of the animal with her and her family.WATCH: Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell chat to HELLO!Posting an emotional message alongside the images, Bindi sweetly wrote: "Saying goodbye to our beautiful family member of 38 years.
The sweetest, kindest, most wonderful echidna you ever did meet. Rest In Peace, angel." Fans were quick to send messages of condolences and support to Bindi, with one responding: "I am so extremely sorry for your loss.
Heartbreaking." A second said: "Awww. I bet she's hanging out with your dad swapping stories."MORE: Bindi Irwin's epic home to raise baby is revealedMORE: Bindi Irwin's baby nursery is so unexpected – see photoA third added: "So heartbreaking!
My heart feels for you. Rest in peace sweet little Echidna," and a fourth penned: " So, so sad. Rest in Peace. Hope you're all doing okay."A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)Bindi paid tribute to the family's echidnaBindi's sad news comes just months after she paid tribute to her dad on what would have been his birthday.Read more on hellomagazine.com