Lily Glidden was a 24-year-old Tufts University college graduate when she traveled to Thailand in pursuit of real-life experience with wildlife, including wild elephants. The enthusiastic young woman was alone when she ventured from a campground in Kaeng Krachan National Park, according to a report dated Jan. 26, 2014.
When Lily Glidden's lifeless body was discovered by park rangers on Jan. 18, 2014, five days after she left the campground, it appeared that she had been trampled to death by elephants, reported Inquisitr.com. Her injuries were apparently consistent with having been trampled by elephants.
A camera believed to belong to Lily Glidden was discovered after her death. Police Colonel Woradet Suanklaai said that there were pictures of many animals, including birds, snakes and lizards on her camera. "We assumed she wanted to take pictures of elephants because that’s what the Kaeng Krachan National Park is famous for," he said.
Kaeng Krachan National Park is the largest national park in Thailand. It was designated on June 12, 1981 and currently encompasses 2,914.70 sq.km. of forest in the watersheds of the Phetchaburi and Pranburi rivers. The park's website lists birdwatching, butterfly watching and waterfalls among its tourist attractions. It makes no mention of the dangers of elephants.
Sadly, the tragedy that happened to Lily Glidden is not an isolated case. A doctor was also trampled to death by elephants in Tanzania. For more details about that tragic death, please see the video at the top of the page.
Lily Glidden, rest in peace.