Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Wildlife experts work to keep baby opossums alive

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (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 2-year-old mother with two babies in her pouch was found in critical condition by a security guard outside an industrial building in Fontana last week, the Press-Enterprise reported (http://bit.ly/1sEUKAP ).
The mother opossum died three days later, said Karolyn Verville, who heads Sunshine Haven Animal Rescue & Wildlife Rehabilitation in Riverside.

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

"We're the next best thing to mom," she told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Police in Fontana are searching for the attacker, after a sharp rock with blood and fur on it was found near the opossum.

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