June 24, 2009 11:45 AM

Bindi Irwin may be just 10, but she’s managed to accomplish a lot in her time: saving animals, hosting a television show, and now starring in the fourth installment of the Free Willy franchise. Taking on the lead role of Kirra, a “strong-minded girl” trying to save the life of an orca whale, Irwin likens her character to her real-life fight to save her late father Steve Irwin’s Australian wildlife preserve from developers.

Irwin spoke to PEOPLE Pets from the film’s set in South Africa, revealing details about the movie and demonstrating how one her adorable costars, a baby giraffe, drinks out of a bottle. Click the video above for more!

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