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24 year old American researcher trampled by elephants in Thailand Kaeng Krachan Park

The body of New York native and word traveler, Lilly Glidden was found by park rangers in Kaeng Krachan Park five days after she went for a walk to take photographs in the nature reserve.

According to her family Lily was a fearless researchers but reports in Thailand suggest she was simply out taking photographs when she was crushed by elephants, alone exploring the area.

“Looking at the pictures she took in her camera, we see a lot of animals, birds, snakes, lizards,” police Col. Woradet Suanklaai said. “We assumed she wanted to take pictures of elephants because that’s what the Kaeng Krachan National Park is famous for.”

Lily GliddenHer family released a statement late last week:

“Lily was very aware of the dangers of working with wildlife and not a person to court foolish risks, particularly where animals were involved,She had an educated and dedicated respect for the natural world and was completely comfortable in it,She did extensive solo hiking and backpacking in many parts throughout the West and knew how to respond to chance encounters with bears and other potentially dangerous animals. We believe that what happened to Lily was a result of unknowable and unusual circumstances which she must have been unable to foresee or prevent.”

According to published reports Lily was a2012 Tufts University graduate with a degree in biology, and had always been drawn to nature and wildlife, according to friends and family. Prior to her Thailand trip, the adventurous 24-year-old had trapped wolves in the West, handled venomous snakes in Hong Kong and participated in a project that involved the counting of game animals on the Serengeti plain.

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