In the 1960’s, stewardesses were considered the epitome me of style and chic, but they don’t have a thing on LiLou, a cute, little therapy pig who knows how to pull off a tutu and can give Miss Piggy a run for her money. What does she have in common with flight attendants, you may ask? Well, they are both going to ride in the skies because they both have a job to do!
The San Francisco International Airport (or “SFO”) has hired LiLou, a Juliana-breed pig, to be their first ever therapy pig. Proving that she is more than just a pretty face, LiLou is a member of the SFO Wag Brigade, which is in turn certified by the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
According to Telegraph, “It’s wonderful to witness the surprise and delight that LiLou brings to people during therapy visits,” said Jennifer Henley of the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The airport already employed dogs, cats, and rabbits, but only recently gave therapy-pigs, also known in some circles as “thera-pigs,” a try. LiLou and her co-workers wear “Pet Me!” badges and try to help calm down stressful patrons. In addition to her work at the airport, LiLou also visits hospitals and residential homes in the city.
The SFO is not the only airport these days investing in unusual ways to help their patrons’ stress-levels. Over the years, there have been airports employing circus performers to cheer up patrons, such as the San Diego Airport, and airports hiring “therapy unicorns,” such as Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, which are miniature horses with painted hair.
— Christopher Nurko (@Cnurko) May 19, 2016