Derek Hough to Visit Koala That ‘DWTS’ Partner Bindi Irwin Named After Him

by Jackie Willis 9:41 AM PST, December 04, 2015
Playing Derek Hough to Visit Koala That ‘DWTS’ Partner Bindi Irwin Named After Him

Derek Hough helped Bindi Irwin win Dancing With the Stars, and as a thanks, Steve Irwin's daughter has given the 30-year-old pro dancer an animal namesake.

Irwin -- who has returned to her homeland after her three-month stint on the Los Angeles-based show -- revealed that the Australia Zoo has named a koala after Hough. "I am excited because Derek will be visiting Australia very soon to meet his own name sake," she told Australian morning show Sunrise.

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On Thursday, the zoo posted an Instagram pic of Derek Hough the koala along with a clever caption. "Although he may not be as smooth on the dance floor or as light on his feet as his namesake, he sure is good at melting hearts!" the message reads. "You can spot him at our koala 'mums and bubs' area throughout the day where the koalas are always keen to pose for a photo!"

It seems Hough's koala is also good at posing for the camera.

This hot and cold weather clearly has me confused.

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After Irwin and Hough won season 21 of DWTS, ET caught up with the excited duo. "I can't believe I'm here. I'm this girl from Australia who works with wildlife, and I got to learn how to dance and now I'm here and it's all thanks, honestly, to Derek for always believing in me and staying strong," an overjoyed Irwin told Cameron Mathison. "I'm so, so lucky!"

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The 17-year-old also revealed where she planned on keeping her mirror ball trophy. It's safe to say, no other winners have ever stored it here. Check out ET's adorable interview with Irwin and Hough: