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Robert Irwin joins forces with Queensland police to form ‘Zoo Animals Crime Squad

Robert Irwin joins forces with Queensland police to form 'Zoo Animals Crime Squad 2

Conservationist Robert Irwin joins forces with Queensland police to form a crime squad for animals – but all is not what it seems

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Celebrity conservationist Robert Irwin of Australia Zoo on the Gold Coast had some April Fool’s fun on Friday morning, when it was announced he would be leading a ‘new crime squad’ called Police Animals in the Wild or PAW. 

Posting a video to the Queensland Police Service Facebook Robert 18, can be seen cuddling a koala as a police member explains that PAWS  will ‘add more eyes, wings and claws to help keep Queensland safe.’  

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Owning up to the hoax later, Queensland Police messaged: ‘Gotcha! As much as we love our Australia Zoo… they are not our newest crime fighting critters #AprilFools’.

April Fools Day Furry Fun: Robert Irwin (right) and Constable Mitch Burton took part in a hoax video announcing that the young conservationist would be launching a 'crime squad' called PAW Police Animals in the Wild - made up of animals from Australia Zoo on the Gold Coast

April Fools Day Furry Fun: Robert Irwin (right) and Constable Mitch Burton took part in a hoax video announcing that the young conservationist would be launching a ‘crime squad’ called PAW Police Animals in the Wild – made up of animals from Australia Zoo on the Gold Coast

Irwin acted his part in the prank with his usual gusto. 

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‘I’m so excited to be here to launch this Australia-first squad that sees some of our favourite zoo residents be promoted to police personnel,’ Irwin said in the video.

The clip then shows some Australia Zoo’s treasured animals including a crocodile, a giant tortoise and a ring-tail possum.

Cute: A ring-tail possum in the April Fools joke hoax video made in co-operation with Australia Zoo and the Queensland Police Service

Cute: A ring-tail possum in the April Fools joke hoax video made in co-operation with Australia Zoo and the Queensland Police Service 

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‘We’ve been experimenting with what animals would be best with which jobs,’ Irwin explained.

‘It did take longer than expected particularly for our nocturnal animals, given their sleep schedule, which, believe it or not can be up to 18 hours a day.’

Supporters of Queensland Police and Australia Zoo seem to enjoy the April Fools joke.

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One messaged: ‘Thank you… gave me a great laugh.’  

Not practical: Owning up to the hoax later, Queensland Police messaged: 'Gotcha! As much as we love our Australia Zoo... they are not our newest crime fighting critters #AprilFools

Not practical: Owning up to the hoax later, Queensland Police messaged: ‘Gotcha! As much as we love our Australia Zoo… they are not our newest crime fighting critters #AprilFools

Robert is the son of famous Australian conservationists Steve and Terri Irwin, founders of Australia Zoo. 

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Steve died in September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming a documentary on the Batt Reef in Queensland. 

Bindi, Robert’s older sister stars alongside him and their mother Terri in the hit nature series Crikey It’s the Irwin’s.

Crikey!: The Irwins - Bindi plays her daughter Grace while Robert and mum Terri  (right) look on - a picture of the late Steve Irwin is at left

Crikey!: The Irwins – Bindi plays her daughter Grace while Robert and mum Terri  (right) look on – a picture of the late Steve Irwin is at left

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