Air travel during the holiday season can be a stressful nightmare. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) decided to ease the process with an unusual addition to its staff. Meet LiLou, the world’s first-ever airport therapy pig!
LiLou is a certified therapy pig and the newest addition to SFO’s troupe of comfort animals that are affectionately known as the “Wag Brigade.” She’s now part of a group of over 300 rabbits, cats, and dogs who roam the airport and cheer up weary holiday travelers.
Petting her is not only encouraged, it’s something she actively insists on.
"It's wonderful to witness the surprise and delight that LiLou brings to people during therapy visits," said Dr. Jennifer Henley, the manager of the SF SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy program, in a press release from SFO.
The Wag Brigade was officially launched in 2013 to help make passenger travel more enjoyable. All the animals are certified by the SF SPCA and are carefully chosen for their temperament and suitability in an airport environment. They wear vests that say “Pet Me!” to encourage travelers to interact with them.
If you have no plans of passing SFO any time soon, follow LiLou on Instagram to see more of her stubby-nosed cuteness!