Therapy pig to meet with passengers at San Francisco airport

By Daniel Uria  |  Dec. 7, 2016 at 12:33 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Passengers at San Francisco International Airport will soon be greeted by a tutu-wearing therapy pig before their flights.

The San Francisco SPCA shared a photo introducing LiLou the Juliana breed pig as the newest member of its "Wag Brigade" of therapy animals.

"Our department has a history of welcoming different species, including chinchillas, a bearded dragon, a turtle, guinea pigs, and a Moluccan cockatoo," the SPCA said. "LiLou is, so far as we know, the first pig since we started in 1981."

The SFO's Wag Brigade launched in 2013 and features more than 300 cats, dogs and rabbits who wear vests that read "Pet Me!" to help ease the stress of travel, according to Mercury News.

"Since its launch in 2013, the SFO Wag Brigade has become a favorite amenity among travelers," Director of Guest Experience Christopher Birch said. "With the addition of LiLou, we can look forward to more moments of surprise and delight for guests at our airport."

LiLou passed her Animal Assisted Therapy training "with flying colors" and proved to be popular with clients, as she visited different facilities and showed off her more than ten tricks.

"Most people have never had the opportunity to meet a pig, and literally everyone wanted to interact with her," AAT Mentor Dianne Bates said.

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