Who is This Pig and Why is she Winning the Hearts of Travellers?

LiLou, a pig in a tutu, calms stressed fliers. | By NGT Staff  
Therapy pig
Meet Lilou, a therapy pig who’s a hit with adult and child fliers. Photo courtesy San Francisco International Airport

Airports can be stressful. In the past few years, there have been numerous innovations to ease the experience for fliers. New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has nap pods. Mumbai’s T2 has adorable therapy dogs. Airports around the world have yoga rooms, even confidence courses for nervous passengers. The newest stress-buster is a therapy pig named LiLou, at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in the U.S.A.

Earlier this week, Lilou, a Juliana pig, joined the airport’s Wag Brigade—a team of dogs, cats, and rabbits from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The animals wear vests that read “Pet Me!” to encourage airport guests to play with them. Judging from the photos on the airport’s Facebook page, she’s a hit with both children and adults.

LiLou isn’t new to the job—she’s been spreading the cheer at other facilities like senior centres and hospitals too. While there isn’t any mention of her schedule at the airport, it’s worth keeping an eye out for a friendly little pig playing dress-up if you’re passing through.

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