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Irwin stars in 4th installment of 'Willy'

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
March 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Bindi Irwin stars in the fourth installment of the "Free Willy" series of films. The young girl whose life has revolved around animals brings that love of nature to the big screen. Her character is trying to reunite a lost whale with its pod. Working with wildlife comes naturally to 11-year-old Bindi Irwin.

"It is in my blood. I love wildlife," said Bindi. "Ever since the day I was hatched I have loved everything. I have been very lucky because my mom and dad have taught me so much about wildlife. They've taught me to treat animals how you would like to be treated."

Following in her father's footsteps, the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, Bindi's latest project has her starring in the fourth installment of the "Free Willy" series of films.

"I love making movies people can learn so much," said Bindi. "I learned a lot about orcas from this movie. I learned about their echolocation and how they make an array of clicks and whistles to bounce off of different objects so they can find food and navigate through murky water. I also learned some fun facts like orcas are part of the dolphin family. So it was really cool."

"The orca that I worked with -- and I don't wanna spoil it -- but there was a bit of movie magic involved," said Bindi. "But I did get to work with some other incredible animals it was a lot of fun."

Bindi also supports the whale conservation group, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.