And while Japik's situation was heartbreaking, she's far from alone. Early last year, IAR rescued a young orangutan named Budi who had been living in a chicken coop and had such swollen limbs he'd cry in pain whenever he was touched. In October, they rescued a nearly "mummified" infant named Gito who had been left in a urine-soaked box to die.
And just this month IAR rescued another infant named Joss, who was so traumatized by the loss of her mother and her time in captivity that she had a break down, and now exhibits signs of severe psychological stress - among other things, she can't stop hugging herself.
All of them had similar stories. But Japik suffered even longer than the rest, and IAR has yet to determine whether she'll have lasting health impacts from the years without proper food, shelter and comfort. She's currently in quarantine at IAR's rescue center, where she's being assessed by their veterinary team.