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N.Y. woman trampled to death by elephants in Thailand: Elephants do pose a risk

Woman trampled to death by elephants while visiting Thailand.
Woman trampled to death by elephants while visiting Thailand.
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A tourist was trampled to death by elephants while visiting Thailand from the U.S. last week. While the severity of her remains are indicative of an elephant attack, the investigation is on-going today. This is not the first U.S. tourist to be trampled by an elephant or elephants in Thailand or other areas of the world where elephants roam. In the last year an elephant even killed its zoo trainer of 25 years. There is a real risk with these seemingly gentle giants.

According to The Inquisitr on Jan. 24, Lily Glidden was in a Thailand campground when she set out alone to take pictures on a hike at the Kaeng Krachan National Park. The New York woman was missing for five days when park rangers found her remains which appeared to have been trampled by elephants.

The park is one of the largest natural habitats for elephants, which was one of the wild animals that Glidden set out to take pictures of. Authorities examined the content of her camera and found that she had taken pictures of wildlife along her hike, but nothing indicated that she had any problems with elephants.

Her family said that their Tufts graduate daughter was not one to take any risks and she was very educated on wildlife and their habits. Even people who train wild animals are still at risk everyday.

Elephants are usually seen as gentle giants, but that is not always the case. In 2011 a 12-year-old American tourist was trampled in Thailand by a single elephant, in this incident she recovered, but that is not always this case. This happened at a wildlife reserve for sick or abandoned elephants called Mae Taeng Elephant Park, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

In September of 2013, a former University dean was on Safari in Africa when he was trampled to death by elephants. Dr. Thomas McAfee was with friends in Tarangire National Park when they came upon a herd of elephants. The group ran away from the herd, but McAfee fell and was trampled by the aggressive elephants, reports ABC News back in September.

John Bradford had worked at Missouri Zoo for almost three decades and fed Patience, a 6,000-pound elephant, daily for the last 25 years. One morning in October of 2013, the elephant charged him and trampled him to death. While this elephant had shown signs of aggression before, this was a man the animal was very acquainted with, according to CBS News back in October.

These beautiful creatures do pose a risk. After all they are wild animals. Whether they've been around people most of their life or not, elephants can get aggressive and charge, in Glidden's case her family feels the elephants most have charged without any notice. They said that this elephant attack had to come out of nowhere because their daughter was very in tune with her surroundings while out searching for wildlife for photos.

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