She likely would have died there, unknown and unmourned, if her owner hadn't realized keeping her was illegal and reached out to International Animal Rescue (IAR), which runs an orangutan sanctuary in Borneo. The moment IAR heard about her, a team rushed to investigate.
They could never have guessed what they'd find.
At first they could only see a "pile of old rags" perched in a tree. But that pile of rags was Japik, who was huddled under an old coat as her only shelter against the driving rain.
"Japik was placed beside a tree behind the house, without shelter or a roof to protect her from sun or rain," Heribertus, a member of the rescue team, said in a statement. "When we arrived it was raining heavily and she was trying to take cover under an old jacket. We could see that the jacket was soaked through and Japik was cold and shivering."
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