Seal found in farmer's field named 'Dumbledore'

Grey seal found abandoned on Monday Credit: PA

A seal found in a field in Newton-le-Willows 20 miles inland has been named Dumbledore by the RSPCA staff caring for him. The young male grey seal spent Christmas Day in the animal charity’s specialist seal facility at East Winch in Norfolk. He is thought to have a head injury.

Staff at East Winch are currently naming animals after characters in the Harry Potter books – with the seal named for the boy wizard’s headteacher at Hogwarts.

The seal, thought to be from a colony near Hilbre Island in the Dee Estuary, was taken to the RSCPA’s Stapeley Grange hospital in Nantwich after being rescued from farmland on Monday.

But he was transferred to Norfolk on Tuesday for further care. Staff there said he was drinking on arrival but not eating.

WATCH: Granada Reports first brought you the story on Monday when a dog walker discovered the seal at just after 9.30am on a field off Winwick Road, part of Red Bank Farm.


Seal found in field near Newton le Willows on Monday Credit: ITV Granada