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Woman trampled by elephants was 'fearless' researcher
NBC News ^ | 1-24-14 | Tracy Connor

Posted on 01/24/2014 7:36:26 PM PST by kingattax

The young American woman trampled to death by elephants in Thailand was a "fearless" outdoor researcher who knew how to handle dangerous animals, her family said Friday.

Lily Glidden's body was found in a forest five days after she went for a walk in the Kaeng Krachan National Park and never returned, police said.

Her camera contained photos of wildlife, and investigators believe she was crushed by elephants based on the nature of her injuries.

"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, who graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a biology degree, had done work trapping wolves in the West, handling venomous snakes in Hong Kong, and counting game animals on the Serenegti plain. She spent a year in tracking and survival training at a wilderness school.


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Tea Party elephants will no doubt get the blame and also some democRAT loon will call for a ban on elephants.
1 posted on 01/24/2014 7:36:26 PM PST by kingattax
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To: kingattax
"The young American woman trampled to death by elephants in Thailand was a "fearless" outdoor researcher who knew how to handle dangerous animals"

Looks like this was incorrect. RIP.

2 posted on 01/24/2014 7:38:02 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: kingattax

A friend of Timothy Treadwell?


3 posted on 01/24/2014 7:39:32 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: kingattax

Fearless can have a downside.


4 posted on 01/24/2014 7:39:34 PM PST by doc1019
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To: kingattax

>> The young American woman was a “fearless” outdoor researcher

Fearless != invincible. An important lesson.


5 posted on 01/24/2014 7:40:34 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: kingattax

fear is a natural survival mechanism

kind of obvious now...


6 posted on 01/24/2014 7:41:15 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: kingattax

I wonder why she didn’t take pictures. Oh well.


7 posted on 01/24/2014 7:41:22 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: kingattax

Even experienced hunters armed with elephant guns aren’t fearless around wild elephants. She was fearless to the extent of foolhardiness. RIP.


8 posted on 01/24/2014 7:41:36 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Righto. A 450/400 caliber Cordite rifle might have helped.


9 posted on 01/24/2014 7:41:52 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: kingattax

It’s obviously painful losing a loved one but there seems to be a latter day trend of families rationalizing dangerous and foolish acts by claiming, to use this case as an example, the deceased ‘knew what she was doing’ (questionable, even doubtful) or that ‘she died doing what she loved’ (being trampled?).

It seems to be an offshoot of the self esteem culture in which nonstop meaningless praise is heaped on children.


10 posted on 01/24/2014 7:41:53 PM PST by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The End)
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To: kingattax; a fool in paradise

She learned that elephants don’t respond to “here kitty, kitty...”


11 posted on 01/24/2014 7:42:43 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: kingattax

Kaeng Krachan National Park IS A GUN-FREE ZONE


12 posted on 01/24/2014 7:44:38 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: kingattax

“Hold muh Lao Khao and watch this . . .”


13 posted on 01/24/2014 7:45:21 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: kingattax

She probably thought elephants to be more valuable than, or equal to, humans.


14 posted on 01/24/2014 7:49:27 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: kingattax

How are the elephants?


15 posted on 01/24/2014 7:49:45 PM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: kingattax

Mammals can be tough critics.


16 posted on 01/24/2014 7:51:02 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: BykrBayb
I wonder why she didn’t take pictures. Oh well.

Yes. A truly fearless woman would have taken the time to get a nice shot of the final elephant foot or feet coming down to crush her. Oh well. I guess my definition of fearless and theirs is very different.

Looks like she actually did not know how to deal with dangerous animals after all.

17 posted on 01/24/2014 7:51:51 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: kingattax

What’s the elephants’ side of the story?


18 posted on 01/24/2014 7:51:59 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Karamojo Bell used a .303 and was a master of the rear quartering shot into the brain. He would stalk right into a herd and start killing the bulls left and right. It is said he was indirectly responsible for countless deaths from enraged elephants killing young colonial hunters seeking to duplicate his feats.

Fearless has downsides. Intelligence and fear are good things. Knowing what is what and when to boogie is better.


19 posted on 01/24/2014 7:54:48 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Revolting cat!
What’s the elephants’ side of the story?

They ain't saying, but clearly it was a knock-out game posse.

20 posted on 01/24/2014 7:57:10 PM PST by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: Inyo-Mono

Watched a body-camera vid of an African elephant being stalked by seven hunters; when it got tired of being followed & wheeled about to charge, all seven fired. The smallest rifle was a .375 H&H, the largest probably a .505 Gibbs (no double rifles). Even this huge volley failed to bring it down & the wounded elephant turned to flee but then the back of its head was an easy mark & a single .375 anchored it.

Dangerous ten-ton rats is how local villagers refer to elephants; white hunters with their guns & their cash are most welcome.


21 posted on 01/24/2014 7:59:18 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1; a fool in paradise

Elephant1 to Elephant2: “When are they going to fix these bumps in road, man?!”


22 posted on 01/24/2014 8:00:52 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: kingattax

It’s never a smart thing to start annoying and making nervous and anxious large higher order animals you are eye level with like horses and elephants. They’re unaccustomed to being confronted like this and as this poor woman learned only to late they’ll let you know it and how.


23 posted on 01/24/2014 8:01:43 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Elephant 2. “I don’t know but these stupid liberals really feel weird in between your toes. “


24 posted on 01/24/2014 8:04:43 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: kingattax

Sometimes you get the elephant...

Seriously, sometimes even professionals make fatal mistakes.


25 posted on 01/24/2014 8:06:35 PM PST by PLMerite
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To: PLMerite

Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the elephant!


26 posted on 01/24/2014 8:07:45 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: kingattax
The young American woman trampled to death by elephants in Thailand was a "fearless" "stupid" outdoor researcher...

Fixed it.

27 posted on 01/24/2014 8:08:30 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: kingattax; a fool in paradise

In before shame on you, a woman is dead and you’re joking!


28 posted on 01/24/2014 8:10:17 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Shot placement and knowing when to run is everything.


29 posted on 01/24/2014 8:14:51 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: elcid1970
"Dangerous ten-ton rats is how local villagers refer to elephants"

I thought that a domesticated and well-treated elephant was basically a useful tractor/ front-end loader.

30 posted on 01/24/2014 8:15:30 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Inyo-Mono

A good shelter to hide in is recommended too.


31 posted on 01/24/2014 8:16:19 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Amy Bihel.


32 posted on 01/24/2014 8:19:54 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Evidently she did not know enough. Anyone that knows anything about wild animals , knows that you let them alone. Especially those that can kill you. And as far as trapping wolves in the West goes, there was a reason that the old timers shot wolves on sight.


33 posted on 01/24/2014 8:19:56 PM PST by sport
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Who foots the bill for these research programs and what value do the findings have to some working stiff in Houston?


34 posted on 01/24/2014 8:20:01 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: doc1019

Yes it can.


35 posted on 01/24/2014 8:21:08 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: kingattax

There are times when it is more judicious to fear more than it is to fear less.

This was one of those times.


36 posted on 01/24/2014 8:21:31 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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37 posted on 01/24/2014 8:22:39 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: DIRTYSECRET
That's why they make these:


38 posted on 01/24/2014 8:23:05 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: kingattax
outdoor researcher who knew how to handle dangerous animals

The evidence would suggest otherwise.

39 posted on 01/24/2014 8:23:24 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Jeff Chandler

Hold my Singha!


40 posted on 01/24/2014 8:27:39 PM PST by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: doc1019
A little fear is a good thing.
41 posted on 01/24/2014 8:29:37 PM PST by oldbrowser (Obamacare will be the equivalent of Mao's Great Leap Forward)
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To: oldbrowser

And little common sense wouldn’t hurt.


42 posted on 01/24/2014 8:33:09 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Zhang Fei

That area can be dangerous as can elephants be when riled.


43 posted on 01/24/2014 8:37:40 PM PST by Lumper20 ( clown in Chief has made some Gov employees Gestapo)
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To: kingattax

Where do elephants get flat feet?

From stamping out fearless researchers.


44 posted on 01/24/2014 8:41:45 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...R.I.P.)
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To: Paladin2

Asian elephants can be domesticated & have been for thousands of years. African elephants are intractable. Even Hannibal’s `war elephants’ were of the Asian species.

But a wild elephant is just that, no matter where it comes from. And they are not people!! I wonder how many humans have been trampled to death because their perception of elephants was based on Walt Disney productions?


45 posted on 01/24/2014 8:42:31 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: kingattax
When people do it, it's called tenderizing the meat.


46 posted on 01/24/2014 8:45:18 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: kingattax
"The young American woman trampled to death by elephants in Thailand was a "fearless" outdoor researcher who knew how to handle dangerous animals, her family said Friday."

Apparently Elephants must've not be included in the "dangerous animals" category...

47 posted on 01/24/2014 8:45:26 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: elcid1970
I always believe that dogs are wild, no matter how well I know them.

Thanks for distinguishing the general behaviors of the two elephant varieties. I didn't know that the train-ability was different.

48 posted on 01/24/2014 8:47:07 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Fester Chugabrew
She probably thought elephants to be more valuable than, or equal to, humans.

More valuable I think. Of course each person is different, and it is hard to make any blanket statements, but many if these so called " animal lovers" are anti social types, and they tend to have wild pets, like lions, tigers, bears, buffaloes, lizards, just to tick people off. Don't know about this one though.

49 posted on 01/24/2014 8:48:58 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71 Msgt USAF, ret)
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To: kingattax

What do you call pygmies in a elephant stampede?

Toejam.


50 posted on 01/24/2014 8:53:17 PM PST by bray (http://www.braylog.com/id47.html)
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