But the couple didn’t give Jub-Jib the care she needed. By the time WFFT rescued her last year, Jub-Jib was emaciated, sickly and dazed. In fact, the team at WFFT deemed Jub-Jib’s rescue “one of the most harrowing cases of animal cruelty” they’d ever seen.
“The alarm bells started to ring as her owners said they had given her some ‘off the market’ strong sleeping tablets to help her relax for the journey to WFFT,” a spokesperson for WFFT wrote on Facebook last year. “They then informed us that once the side effects from this drug had worn off, she would seem like a ‘normal gibbon,' climbing and walking around. This could not be further from the truth .... She moved out of the cage like an old geriatric lady. A gibbon of 15 years should be in her prime, strong, confident and happy, not looking like she is at death’s door.”