A seal that hit the national headlines when it was found lost in a field 20 miles from the sea, is recovering at the RSPCA hospital at East Winch.
Dumbledore, as it has been christened, has been diagnosed with pneumonia but is continuing to make good progress after being transported to East Winch from the Merseyside area.
He was found stranded in a farmer’s field in Newton-le-Willows, on December 22 and was transferred to East Winch’s specialist seal facility the following day.
After being examined by a vet and undergoing tests and x-rays, the adult grey seal is now being treated for pneumonia.
Sue Levings from RSPCA East Winch said: “Dumbledore has undergone X-rays which thankfully have shown no signs of being shot - which was one of our worries.
“However, vets have found he is suffering from pneumonia and he is currently receiving treatment for that. He is much more settled now and still looks very sorry for himself, but other than that he is quite lively.
“He is still very poorly but hopefully with further care and attention from the staff here at RSPCA East Winch he will continue to make a good recovery.”