Skip to comments.Woman trampled by elephants was 'fearless' researcher
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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Looks like this was incorrect. RIP.
A friend of Timothy Treadwell?
Fearless can have a downside.
>> The young American woman was a “fearless” outdoor researcher
Fearless != invincible. An important lesson.
fear is a natural survival mechanism
kind of obvious now...
I wonder why she didn’t take pictures. Oh well.
Even experienced hunters armed with elephant guns aren’t fearless around wild elephants. She was fearless to the extent of foolhardiness. RIP.
Righto. A 450/400 caliber Cordite rifle might have helped.
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.
She learned that elephants don’t respond to “here kitty, kitty...”
Kaeng Krachan National Park IS A GUN-FREE ZONE
“Hold muh Lao Khao and watch this . . .”
She probably thought elephants to be more valuable than, or equal to, humans.
How are the elephants?
Mammals can be tough critics.
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.
What’s the elephants’ side of the story?
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.
They ain't saying, but clearly it was a knock-out game posse.
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.
Elephant1 to Elephant2: “When are they going to fix these bumps in road, man?!”
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.
Elephant 2. “I don’t know but these stupid liberals really feel weird in between your toes. “
Sometimes you get the elephant...
Seriously, sometimes even professionals make fatal mistakes.
Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the elephant!
In before shame on you, a woman is dead and you’re joking!
Shot placement and knowing when to run is everything.
I thought that a domesticated and well-treated elephant was basically a useful tractor/ front-end loader.
A good shelter to hide in is recommended too.
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.
Who foots the bill for these research programs and what value do the findings have to some working stiff in Houston?
There are times when it is more judicious to fear more than it is to fear less.
This was one of those times.
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The evidence would suggest otherwise.
Hold my Singha!
And little common sense wouldn’t hurt.
That area can be dangerous as can elephants be when riled.
Where do elephants get flat feet?
From stamping out fearless researchers.
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?
Apparently Elephants must've not be included in the "dangerous animals" category...
Thanks for distinguishing the general behaviors of the two elephant varieties. I didn't know that the train-ability was different.
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.
What do you call pygmies in a elephant stampede?