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Lily Glidden: 24-year-old trampled by elephants, family says she knew of danger

Indian elephant and calf photo
Indian elephant and calf photo
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Lily Glidden was a 24-year-old woman who suffered a tragic death this week after being trampled by wild elephants. As a new college graduate who was passionate about animals and interested in seeing some of the wild creatures up close to take photographs of them, officials say that Glidden’s love for the elephants and her daring spirit may have contributed to her death. The Inquisitr confirms this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, that the young woman’s devastated family has acknowledged that their loved one did know of the potential danger, but didn't let that stop her.

Thai officials have confirmed that the body of Lily Glidden was discovered by local park rangers this Jan. 18, less than a week before the 24-year-old college graduate set out by herself in order to study wild elephants and examine the exotic nature of Kaeng Krachan National Park. These rangers noted that due to the massive blunt force injuries Glidden sustained, they believe that she was likely trampled by the wild animals. The crushing power and speed of an elephant stampede is “never to be underestimated,” added the report.

“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.”

A proud graduate this 2012 of Tufts University, Lily Glidden graduated with a major in biology and a passion for nature. She had a special interest in animals, and as evidenced by the multitude of photographs taken of wild creatures on her Facebook page, reveal the young woman working closely and frequently with potentially dangerous animals like wolves and snakes.

“Following her stunning and devastating death, the family of Lily Glidden said she was 'very aware of the dangers of working with wildlife and not a person to court foolish risks, particularly where animals were involved.'”

“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,” her family revealed in a new statement provided by a local news source.

The family and friends of 24-year-old Glidden are remembering her as a young woman with a love for animals and a passionate, fearless spirit. On both Facebook and Twitter, loved ones say that while the world may know her now as the girl trampled and killed by elephants, they will remember her for her wild heart and adventurous soul.

“She was known as kind of a bad-ss,” said Ryan Clapp, a friend who had visited Glidden in Thailand earlier this month.

Concluded the press release:

“Lily Glidden was no stranger to working with dangerous animals. In completing her biology degree, she worked in the western United States trapping wolves, traveled to Hong Kong to handle venomous snakes, and counted game animals on the Serengeti plains.”

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