Bindi Irwin, the popular Australian wildlife conservationist has captured the hearts of many with her fierce passion for animals.
Her kind and engaging demeanor is seen through her environmental causes.
Her actions have made her a beloved person across the planet.
However, one question about the zookeeper always arises in conversations: Why is Bindi Irwin so short?
How short is Bindi Irwin?
According to IMDb, Bindi Irwin’s height is 4ft 11 inches (149.9cm).
The average height for U.S. women is about 5ft 4 inches (162.5 cm).
That means that the wildlife conservationist is shorter than the average woman in the United States and most parts of the world, really.
When she stands next to other women (or people, in general), she always appears to be the shortest one in the group.
Naturally, her fans and other people alike, have taken notice of this.
Why is Bindi Irwin So Short?
Bindi Irwin mostly shares her passion for animals and wildlife publicly.
Occasionally, she talks about some aspects of her personal life. However, she has never come out to speak about her short stature.
Her focus is on her contributions to the planet. Additionally, there’s no scientific explanation for it.
With that said, there are specific things that affect the height of an individual.
The biggest, of course, is genetics. Scientists estimated that approximately 80% of a person’s height is determined by gene DNA sequence inherited.
The genetic variants, which are more than 700 in number, affect cartilage growth either directly or indirectly.
Besides genetics, height is determined by other factors such as nutrition, a mother’s nutrition during pregnancy, lifestyle, climate, hormonal changes during puberty, and medical conditions.
Any of these factors or a combination determined Irwin’s height.
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Are Bindi Irwin’s Parents Short?
Bindi Irwin is famous in her own right. However, it was her late father, Steve Irwin, who inspired her to care for animals and the planet as she does now.
Steve (who was also quite popular) was 6 feet tall (182.88cm) which is above average for men in most parts of the world.
Her mother Terri Irwin, on the other hand, is 5ft 4 inches (162.56 cm). Terri’s height is slightly above average height for women in Aussie and most parts of the world.
What this means is that Bindi’s height is not inherited from her folks. She might have gotten the gene variants from other members of the family who are shorter.
It is not uncommon for tall parents to have shorter kids and vice versa.
According to Medline Plus, there are many height-associated genes that scientists haven’t discovered yet.
In addition, the gene variants are extremely complex and hard to predict. The mechanisms have not yet been fully understood.
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