All in, 190 frogs and 2150 crickets were liberated that day.
The frogs and crickets were then released back into their natural habitats.
Benefits of Liberating Animals (Source: http://www.lamayeshe.com/)
Rinpoche gave the following talk to a group of students in Malaysia and Singapore on the benefits of liberating animals.
By reciting prayers and chanting powerful mantras for animals, they attain a higher rebirth and liberation. You can perform Refuge Practice, 35 Buddhas and Vajrasattva practice. This purifies so much suffering and can definitely help them. If you have strong compassion, bodhicitta, and a realization of emptiness, when you blow on the water to bless it, it has greater power, and karma can be purified.