Steve Irwin's son, Robert Irwin, almost attacked by 12-foot crocodile on camera

The son of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin was nearly attacked by a 12-foot 4-inch crocodile while filming his family's Discovery+ reality show.

Robe Irwin, 18, shared on Instagram a video of him trying to feed a saltwater crocodile named Casper for the show "Crikey! It's the Irwins.".

"A few weeks ago we had one of the biggest most challenging crocodiles moves that we've had at the Australian Zoo," Irwin said in the video.

Casper was being moved to a new enclosure to become the midday star of the crocodile show, but to make sure the crocodile was ready, Irwin was tasked with feeding him.

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"Casper has such a wild behavior, and since Dad first got Casper, he's had that instinct," he said.

As Irwin tried to lure the crocodile to feed it, Casper leaped out of the water and began chasing Irwin, waddling right past the food. Surprisingly, Irwin said that because Casper got out of the water and made "big strikes," that proved he was ready.

The video cuts off as Irwin runs away. "With such a powerful and quick croc like Casper we had no choice but to bail," the Instagram post said.

"Safety for us is also crucial and you definitely have to know when to call it."

Irwin, along with his sister, Bindi, and mother, Terri, have continued Steve Irwin's work at the Australian Zoo after he died in 2006 from a stingray attack while filming the "Ocean's Deadliest."

"Crikey! It’s the Irwins" features the family and first aired on Animal Planet in 2018. Discovery + picked up the show in 2021 and the fourth season premiered on Jan. 1.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Robert Irwin almost attacked by crocodile at Australian Zoo