RIVERSIDE (AP) — Wildlife rehabilitation experts are working to keep two baby opossums alive after the mother was apparently beaten to death with a sharp rock.

The Press-Enterprise reports that the 2-year-old mother with two babies in its pouch was found in critical condition by a security guard outside an industrial building in Fontana on Monday.

Karolyn Verville, who heads Sunshine Haven Animal Rescue & Wildlife Rehabilitation in Riverside, says the opossum died three days later.

She says a sharp rock with blood and fur on it was found near the opossum.

Verville has been feeding cat milk replacement to the hungry babies, which she says tends to suit most wildlife.

Fontana police are searching for the attacker.

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