Dumbledore the seal dies at East Winch Wildlife Centre

PUBLISHED: 11:23 20 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:23 20 January 2015

Dumbledore has died at East Winch Wildelife Centre. Picture: RSPCA

Dumbledore has died at East Winch Wildelife Centre. Picture: RSPCA


A lost seal who captured the nation’s heart has died after suffering from severe pneumonia.

Dumbledore, the young adult grey seal, was being cared for at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre, after he was found 20 miles from the sea in a farmer’s field in Merseyside.

He had been at the centre since just before Christmas following a rescue operation between RSPCA inspectors, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, and British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

Alison Charles, manager at the centre, said the 5ft long seal passed away on Saturday January 17: “It was a sad day for us all, we tried so hard with him.”

Dumbledore was receiving daily antibiotic injections to help fight his pneumonia, but a spokesman for the RSPCA said that his appetite “never fully returned.”

He continued: “Staff at the centre worked tirelessly to make sure Dumbledore was comfortable and to treat him for his ailments. Despite receiving highly skilled care, his health was deteriorating fast and he died on Saturday night.

“The RSPCA is extremely proud of all its staff that worked so hard to care for Dumbledore and tried to help him on the road to recovery. 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.”

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