- San Francisco International Airport has added a 5-year-old Juliana pig named LiLou to its Wag Brigade, a group of therapy animals tasked with easing anxiety among passengers.
- LiLou wears a pilot cap and has her nails painted red by her owner, Tatyana Danilova. In the airport she greets passengers and plays music on a toy piano.
- She’s the airport’s first therapy pig. The airport’s Wag Brigade also includes dogs.
- All of the dogs – and LiLou – have been trained by the San Francisco Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. To make it into the Wag Brigade, animals must be housebroken and have good manners.
- Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
San Francisco International Airport has a new therapy pig waiting to greet passengers, play music, and pose for selfies to help ease travel anxieties.
As part of her daily work uniform, LiLou wears a pilot cap and has her nails painted red by her owner, Tatyana Danilova.
“People are very happy to get distracted from the travel, from their routines, whether they’re flying on their journey for vacation or work,” Danilova told Reuters. “Everybody is usually very happy, and it makes them pause for a second and smile and be like, ‘Oh, it’s great.'”
After going through the airport’s security scanners, LiLou greet passengers with her hoof, takes pictures with people, and even plays music for them on a toy piano.
Danilova said the one thing LiLou didn’t like was being approached from behind, most likely because Juliana pigs are prey animals.
LiLou lives with Danilova in downtown San Francisco, where she goes for daily walks and eats a diet of vegetables and protein pellets. She’s housebroken and sleeps in her own bed.
The airport’s guest-services manager, Jennifer Kazarian, told Reuters that LiLou was the airport’s first therapy pig. Its Wag Brigade also includes dogs.
All of the animals involved in the program train with the San Francisco Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and they all must be housebroken and have good manners as well as a friendly personality.
“When we first launched the program, our main goal was to relieve stress for our passengers,” Kazarian said. “However, what we have found is we have formed a connection with our passengers, and it’s been totally amazing.”
- Read more:
- Pittsburgh Steeler JuJu Smith-Schuster used to be afraid of dogs. Then he met Boujee.
- A photographer captured the exact moment a squirrel stopped to smell a daisy
- Human-like monkeys, jumping bunnies, and teeth-baring lions all feature in this year’s most striking nature photos
- A cat named Quilty has become internet famous after he was placed in solitary confinement for helping other cats escape at a Texas shelter
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.