updated 2/24/2010 2:28:12 PM ET 2010-02-24T19:28:12

Judy, the 41-year-old female Asian elephant at the Baton Rouge Zoo, may soon be wearing a boot to protect her from recurring foot infections.

Zoo spokeswoman Mary Woods on Tuesday announced the prospective move so visitors won't be surprised by the change if and when it occurs in the next few weeks.

Woods tells The Advocate that the foot covering is likely to go on the elephant's front right foot, which is infected and being treated with medication, but Judy has had problems with her right and left feet in the past.

She says the infections are connected to the elephant's longtime arthritis, which goes back to 1983.

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