Animals·Posted on 6 Apr 2020Be Still My Heart! Koalas Are Being Released From Hospital And Back Into The Bush Following The Bushfires.In case you needed reminding of the good in the world.by Julia WillingBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, it's easy to forget that Australia has already suffered greatly in 2020 — on the heels of the worst fire season ever recorded. lucy @IucyaIice MY COUNTRY IS ON FCKING FIRE AND NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!! ITS BEEN GOING ON FOR WEEKS, IT HAS BURNT MORE LAND THAN THE AMAZON FIRES, FAMILIES ARE LOOSING THEIR HOMES PLEASE START DOING SOMETHING, EVEN IF ITS JUST TO RAISE AWARENESS!!!! #AUSTRALIANBUSHFIRES 11:00 PM - 06 Dec 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite According to the Department of Home Affairs, more than 12.6 million hectares of land was scorched, 33 lives were lost and 434 million tonnes of carbon dioxide were emitted into the atmosphere. But the greatest impact of the bushfires was on Australia's wildlife — with more than 1 billion animals killed in the blazes. Marcio Waismann / Getty Images Among the areas that were hit the hardest were the koala habitats in the mid-north coast region of NSW. Lisa Maree Williams / Getty Images According to Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley, up to 30 per cent of koalas in this region were killed during the bushfires and many more were hospitalised. And at the centre of it all were the staff from the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital — who garnered international acclaim for their efforts to save bushfire-affected koalas. Lindsay Moller Productions Over $1,800,000 was donated to the hospital, thanks to a GoFundMe campaign. Now, five months on, the first koalas are being released back to their original habitat and I could honestly cry with joy. 😭😭😭 Lindsay Moller Productions Four-year-old Anwen, who was the first koala to be admitted in October 2019, was pictured being reintroduced to her home on Friday, April 3. 26 koalas will be released over the next few days, with habitats having recovered much earlier than expected due to significant rainfall in the mid-north coast area. Lindsay Moller Productions Sue Ashton, president of Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, said: "This is a heart-warming day for us — to be able to release so many of our koalas back to their original habitats, even to their original tree in some cases, it makes us very happy." "It marks a proud moment for Australia, to see our koala population and habitat starting to recover from what was such a devastating time." Lindsay Moller Productions Staff and volunteers at the koala hospital treated 49 injured koalas from the Port Macquarie-Hastings region, and their care and rehabilitation also expanded to koalas coming from Taree, the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury. Due to current coronavirus restrictions, the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is closed to visitors. But you can still adopt a koala if you want to show your support! Lindsay Moller Productions And honestly, how can you say no to this face?