Helen Skelton, 36, joined her co-host Nick Baker, 47, as the pair prepared for their on-screen segment for the show Big Week at The Zoo. The Countryfile host could be seen sitting down on a rock alongside Nick as the duo were surrounded by a few meerkats. As her co-star leaned back, she grabbed his arm saying: “Mind you, you’re going to sit on his head,” referring to the meerkat which scurried around the pair. Nick replied: “I’m not going to sit on his head.”

As Helen turned to face the camera, she let out a scream before jumping from the rock in a fit of giggles.

She could not contain her amusement as the camera crew could also be heard laughing in the background.

Nick asked: “What happened there?” as Helen returned to her initial position, unable to give further details.

She shared the cheeky behind-the-scenes clip on her Instagram account where she revealed the meerkat had bitten her bottom.

In view of her 124,000 followers, she wrote: “What happens when a meerkat bites your bum….New series alert…Big Week at the Zoo…. @channel5_tv 8pm this eve xx #conservation #zoo #wildlife #filmjng #telly #neverworkwithanimals #alwaysworkwithanimals.”

Fans rushed to comment on the post, and many admitted they could not stop rewatching the hilarious clip.

One person said: “Soooo funny! Can’t stop watching it!”

Another person commented: “This is TV gold.”

While a third person added: “You’ll definitely be on the next It’ll Be Alright On The Night.”

The clip received over 25,000 likes in a few hours, after Helen explained the new series of the animal show will hit viewers screens tonight.

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The duo were filming their segment for tonight’s offering at Yorkshire Wildlife Park where the incident with the meerkat took place.

Helen later shared a gorgeous snap as she showcased her ensemble for tonight’s episode.

Sporting an animal print dress, the summery look featured two thigh-high splits, giving a glimpse of her legs.

She completed the look with a pair of tanned boots as she beamed at the camera.

Helen captioned the post: “Well it beats working for a living @bigweekatthezoo @nick_bug_baker @channel5_tv 8pm this eve xxx (@new look @karen_millen).”

Big Week At The Zoo airs tonight on Channel 5 at 8pm.



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