Update On Seal Found In Merseyside Field

7 January 2015, 17:45 | Updated: 7 January 2015, 17:56

The RSPCA's given an update on the condition of the seal found in a field in Newton-Le-Willows just a few days before Christmas.

The Seal, now named Dumbledore, was spotted in a distressed state in a farmer's filed on 22nd December. It's thought he'd got lost, swimming up the Mersey and ending up in a brook, swollen by rainwater.

He's now being cared for at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre where he's receiving specialist treatment.

He's undergone further X-Rays and treatment for pneumonia and his condition is stable but serious.

Since he was admitted to the centre Dumbledore has been treated with antibiotics in an attempt to cure his pneumonia but he is still unwell.

Manager Alison Charles said: "Poor Dumbledore is still very poorly but we are doing everything we can to improve his condition.

"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.

She added: "He was in a bad way when he came in to RSPCA care and so we are guarded about his prognosis. Only time will tell but we’re hoping he will pull through.”

The centre currently has around 40 sick seals on site, all of which have been given names related to the Harry Potter books.