Lily Glidden, wildlife researcher, trampled to death by elephants

New York wildlife researcher was missing for five days in Thailand's Kaeng Krachen National Park before being found dead.
Posted By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com   |   Jan. 26, 2014 at 1:43 PM   |   0 comments

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A New York woman in her 20s -- a wildlife researcher -- was discovered dead in Thailand, apparently trampled to death by Asian elephants.

Lily Glidden's body was found Jan. 18, five days after she went missing while on a walk in Thailand's Kaeng Krachen National Park.

The injuries to her body appeared to be consistent with elephant trampling.

"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 said in a statement.

Glidden, of Freeville, N.Y., was a recent graduate of Tufts University and had since worked as an outdoors researcher in a series of jobs that also included snaking handling in Hong Kong and counting game animals on the Serengeti plain.

"Lily was very aware of the dangers of working with wildlife, and not a person to court foolish risks, particularly where animals were involved," the family statement said.

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