Helen Skelton warned she ‘narrowly avoided injury’ in reindeer clash ‘Look it in the eye’

This Week On The Farm: Helen Skelton tells off a goat

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Helen Skelton, 37, is a regular presenter on the Channel 5 programme This Week On The Farm alongside Jules Hudson, 51. The Countryfile host has had her fair share of blunders with countless animals while filming the show from Cannon Hall Farm in South Yorkshire.

The mum-of-two recalled the moment she came face-to-face with a reindeer and was later given a stark warning that the animal could potentially “charge” at the presenter.

It comes after Helen recently filmed a segment for the Channel 5 show where she narrowly escaped injury.

The small-screen star revealed that she made a minor mistake after looking the reindeer directly into their eyes.

“We had reindeer in Leeds the other day and I tried to get mine to come towards me and it didn’t,” Helen explained.

“I didn’t realise until afterwards when someone said, ‘You’re not meant to look a reindeer straight in the eye or it will charge at you with its antlers.'”

Helen chuckled: “I was like, ‘OK, that was not in my arsenal of knowledge.’ I didn’t know that. So, apparently, I narrowly avoided injury.”

The presenter said it is not uncommon to suffer behind-the-scenes mishaps with farm animals because of their unpredictability.

Speaking about farming blunders, Helen remarked: “It’s constant. The whole joy and challenge of filming with animals are that they don’t care about schedules, cameras, or people needing to do stuff.

“Often things take a lot longer because you don’t want to get spit on by the alpacas.”

The star commented that she often gets interrupted by the farm animals when attempting to read her scripts for the show.

Helen remarked: “I get heckled a lot by a particular cow. There is literally a highland cow that constantly ‘moos’ non-stop whenever I’m trying to do links.

“An alpaca called Helen and when we’re trying to do links she’s always trying to get into our pockets and nibbling scripts. It’s constant.”

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Helen, who has been a regular fixture of This Week On The Farm, explained her interest in farming and animals was sparked from her time growing up in Cumbria.

“I was brought up on a farm. My dad was a dairy farmer he works in animal reproduction now,” she continued. “My mum was on a farm when she was a kid.”

Helen added: “I lived in rural Cumbria until my mid-twenties really.”

Addressing the importance of This Week On The Farm, the small-screen star explained the show has kept viewers entertained during the third lockdown.

She commented: “It’s come along at a time when people are confused about Brexit and the pandemic is pushing people to new challenges.

“But more than anything, it’s just fun and feels good and I think people want that. We’ve certainly wanted that. I’m really lucky that I love my job.”

Helen added: “I love the connection with people. I love what people are getting out of it.”

This Week on the Farm airs Thursdays on Channel 5 at 8pm.

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