Countryfile: Ellie emotional over lamb's birth
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Adam Henson, 54, has revealed his Countryfile co-star Ellie Harrison, 43, was “really emotional” after watching him desperately fight to save the life of a newborn lamb on the show last week. The Cotswolds farmer revealed how at that moment the “pressure was on” to save the animal’s life.
She did get quite emotional
Adam told Express.co.uk: “She did get quite emotional, as the pressure was on her to make sure it stayed alive while I was lambing the second one.
“As a farmer, although I have seen thousands of lambs born, that doesn’t come without emotion.
“Though I feel the pressure and tension, as well. It kind of showed her and the viewer what farmers go through all day and all night when you’re lambing, you know,” he added.
The seasoned farmer said that moment, which went viral online, showed the public how stressful delivering animals can be.
He continued: “We’re in there to do our best by the animals to keep them fit and healthy.
“So yeah it is great they [Countryfile] showed that on the programme, there’s a lot of feedback on that sort of moment.”
In the traumatic scenes aired on BBC, the animal appeared to be breathing at first, but it was touch and go.
Ellie could be seen quivering, as she struggled to hold back her tears while looking on.
Adam wasted no time in trying to revive the lamb, and thankfully after spinning the ewe around, he managed to get the sheep to lick her baby and kickstart the little one into breathing.
In the tense atmosphere, Ellie shared with Adam: “Oh my god, I feel really choked by that. It was just so stressful.
“The thought that she would nearly make it then almost not.
“Oh my gosh. Oh my goodness. I can’t believe you managed to do that. Oh my word. What a relief, what a relief.”
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“I’m not sure I was [any help] sobbing in the corner! That was so stressful. I’m laughing now but I was crying a second ago.”
The drama unfolded during the Countryfile lambing special, which originally aired on the BBC last Sunday, March 14.
The birth began calmly before Adam was forced to call Ellie for help when he noticed a lamb had got stuck while being born.
Incredibly, he managed to push the lamb back into the ewe’s womb before the sheep then successfully birthed it and its twin.
However, the twin didn’t appear to be breathing at first.
Viewers took to Twitter after watching the heart-wrenching scenes unfold, with many commenting on how it had resulted in tears.
One tweeted: “That was an amazing episode of #countryfile. Adam literally pushed one lam (sic) back into the womb, so that he could untangle its legs from its twin.”
Another replied: “Am I the only one crying at #countryfile #lambing21.”
Countryfile airs on BBC One tonight at 9pm.
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