After being hit by a car, this mother koala needed emergency surgery to repair a damaged lung. Her unharmed son never left her side through the whole ordeal.

According to Koalas In Care, "Most koalas get hit by vehicles at night (between dusk and dawn). Koalas are active at this time visiting their favourite food trees and protecting their territory. During breeding season, August – February, they are also more vulnerable spending time on the ground in search of a mate."

Unfortunately, nearly 85 percent of koalas hit by cars are killed. And that makes the story of Phantom and Lizzie, recovering well in hospital, all the more sweet.

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