A SEAL rescued from a farmer’s field in Newton-le-Willows before Christmas has died.
The young adult grey seal, named Dumbledore by RSPCA staff, failed to recover despite being given round-the-clock care by the RSPCA.
He was first spotted stranded in a field at Red Bank Farm three days before Christmas.
He was thought to have made his way to the farm via a tiny brook - ending up some 20 miles inland.
The “exhausted” seal was eventually coaxed into an RSPCA trailer with a bait of mackerel before being admitted to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire.
He was subsequently transferred to the RSPCA’s East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk, where he was given anti-biotics after being diagnosed with pneumonia.
But he failed to fully recover from his ordeal despite spending more than three weeks in RSPCA care.
An RSPCA spokeswoman broke the sad news yesterday.
In a statement, she said: “Sadly, despite all the highly-skilled care and attention he received from staff at RSPCA East Winch, Dumbledore the seal has died.
“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.”
She added: “After 26 days in care and despite receiving highly skilled care his health was deteriorating fast and he died on Saturday night (January 17).
“Sadly wildlife rehabilitation is particularly challenging and, of all the species the wildlife centres take in, seals are one of the more difficult to rehabilitate.”