The Irwin family hasn’t exactly had an easy go of it. Twelve years ago, tragedy struck when Steve Irwin (AKA the Crocodile Hunter) was killed in a freak accident with a stringray. Now, his son, Robert Irwin (who not only looks like him, but sounds like him too), has revealed that he was forced to undergo emergency surgery on New Year’s Day for a burst appendix.

The 14-year-old posted a shot of himself in a hospital bed while wearing a gown and hooked up to what appeared to be an IV. He remained plenty upbeat however, writing, “Kicking off the New Year with emergency surgery. I’m recovering well and feeling so much better without my pesky appendix!”

Just this morning, in fact, he was back up and at ‘em, appearing on The Today Show with mom Terri and sister Bindi, saying, “Had a great time talking to the Today show about all of the school holiday festivities here @australiazoo including our giant waterslide!”

Bindi, for one, was impressed with his tenacity, taking to social media the night before to say, “So proud of my amazing brother. On New Year’s Day he got his appendix out with emergency surgery. Then, only a couple days later, he was back playing Monopoly with us. Now we’re home… and he’s doing fantastic! Go Robert!!!”

What a guy! Here’s to wishing him a complete and speedy recovery.

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 (Photos via Brendon Thorne/Getty)