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SAD UPDATE: Grizzly Bear That Underwent MRI At WSU Has Died

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Lucy, a 3-year-old Grizzly, undergoes MRI at WSU Lucy, a 3-year-old Grizzly, undergoes MRI at WSU
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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A 3-year-old grizzly bear that underwent an MRI at Washington State University after suffering seizures at a Montana sanctuary has died.

Montana Grizzly Encounter officials say Lucy died late on Jan. 23.

Staff noticed Lucy wasn't being herself earlier this month and on Jan. 9 she suffered two seizures. Director Ami Testa said Lucy had become more aggressive and lethargic. Testa says the Jan. 17 tests at WSU indicated Lucy had masses and too much fluid in her brain, but KWYB-TV reports the sanctuary was still awaiting results of the exam and spinal tap when Lucy died.

Lucy was brought to Montana after being orphaned in Alaska.

The sanctuary is also home to Brutus, who starred in National Geographic's "Expedition Grizzly" with host and center partner Casey Anderson.

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Thursday, WSU veterinary medicine students got to watch "Lucy," a 3-year-old grizzly bear get an MRI. Lucy lives at "Grizzly Encounter," a grizzly bear rescue and education sanctuary in Bozeman, Montana. Lucy endured two grand mal seizures on January 9, 2014 and since then has become more lethargic in her movements but also more aggressive toward her keepers.

She was admitted to the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital in the Neurology Service. That service is headed by Dr. Annie Chen-Allen and Lucy was under the care of Dr. Stephanie Thomovsky.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain was performed under anesthesia. It revealed multiple lesions in the brain of unknown origin. No biopsy was done. The owners have elected to treat Lucy for the most common forms of brain infections with antibiotics. Also, she will be dewormed as there are parasitic worms which can infect the brains of bears that occur naturally in their wild habitat.

Friday morning Lucy was feeling lethargic, not eating or drinking well and was in otherwise stable but guarded condition before being transported back to Montana. A Montana veterinarian will take over the care prescribed by Thomovsky.

While Lucy was not a WSU bear, WSU has the only grizzly bear colony for research purposes in the world. You can learn more here: http://soe.wsu.edu/facilities/bears/ .

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