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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 Washington State University indicated Lucy had masses and too much fluid in her brain. But KWYB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1b0FV2W) 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 also is home to Brutus, who starred in the National Geographic Channel's "Expedition Grizzly" with host and sanctuary co-owner Casey Anderson.

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