Abandoned seal

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An adult grey seal found in a field in Merseyside is “not out of the woods yet” as he continues to struggle after his ordeal.

The seal, named Dumbledore by his rescuers, is currently being cared for at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre, where he was taken after being found in a field in Newton-le-Willows on December 22nd.

The manager of RSPCA East Winch, Alison Charles, said: “Poor Dumbledore is still very poorly but we are doing everything we can to improve his condition.”

It is thought Dumbledore ended up in the field after he became separated from his colony and strayed several miles inland.

Dumbledore is currently in a stable but serious condition. Several tests and x-rays have revealed he has pneumonia.

The RSPCA added: “At the moment he is still on antibiotics for pneumonia and has little appetite, but we are hoping he will start to make an improvement soon.

“We have changed his antibiotics in the hope that will make a difference. He was in a bad way so we are guarded about his prognosis. Only time will tell, but we’re hoping he will pull through.”

The centre is currently looking after around 40 sick seals on site, all of which are named after Harry Potter characters.

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