Anyone who’s been to an airport knows the stress of flying. There’s crowds, long lines, security hassles, and cranky people who haven’t had their morning coffee yet. Whether you’re racing to make it to your next layover or stuck for a delay, San Francisco’s airport is trying to make traveling more enjoyable for their guests. It was announced that they officially hired a San Francisco International Airport therapy pig named Lilou to help comfort passengers during their stressful travels.
This cuddly creature joins the airport’s therapy program, called the Wag Brigade. We can’t imagine a cuter title. The program launched in 2013 and brought trained dogs to the terminals to make reduce anxiety among travelers. All of the members of the Wag Brigade are volunteers, along with their beloved pets.*
Lilou is breaking headlines, since the San Francisco airport is the world’s first to have a therapy pig.
The adorable animal is five years old and wears bright red nail polish and a tiny pilot uniform.
Stressed travelers can pet and cuddle her and get a good laugh watching Lilou play a tiny toy piano and do tricks like a dog.
She’s not alone on the job though. Lilou is joined by a host of other adorable therapy dogs who help ease passenger’s worries. Just look at these pictures.
According to Business Insider, all of the therapy animals, including Lilou have gone through an extensive training program to make sure they have a good temperament and will safely interact with guests. Lilou’s owner said that the pig loves interacting with people.
All of the therapy animals are certified by the San Francisco SPCA and accompanied by their trainers during the meet and greet process.
When she’s not on the job, Lilou lives with her loving owner in a San Francisco apartment. She enjoys a diet of fresh garden vegetables and pellets and has her own comfy bed.
* This article has been updated.
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