Dumbledore the stranded seal dies.
DUMBLEDORE, the seal that was found stranded in a field in Newton-le-Willows before Christmas, has died.
An RSPCA spokesman confirmed the news yesterday afternoon.
They said: "Sadly, despite all the highlyskilled care and attention he received from staff at RSPCA East Winch, Dumbledore the seal has died.
"The young adult grey seal was found lost miles from home in a Merseyside field on December 22 where he was rescued in a joint operation between RSPCA inspectors, Merseyside Fire and Rescue and British Divers Marine Life Rescue.
"After spending the night at nearby RSPCA Stapeley Grange, he was then transferred to the Society's specialist seal facility at RSPCA East Winch, in Norfolk.
"Staff at the centre worked tirelessly to make sure Dumbledore was comfortable and to treat him for his ailments. He was found to be suffering from pneumonia and was listless with no appetite.
"While X-rays showed he had no trauma from injuries and his severe pneumonia was being treated with antibiotic injections every day, his appetite never fully returned.
"After 26 days in care and despite receiving highly skilled care, his health was deteriorating fast and he died on Saturday night.
"The RSPCA is extremely proud of all its staff that worked so hard to care for Dumbledore and tried to help him on the road to recovery. Sadly, wildlife rehabilitation is particularly challenging and seals are difficult to rehabilitate."