Adorable Pig Calms Stressed Travelers At San Francisco Airport

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LiLou, the therapy pig debuts at SFO (Photo Credit: Flysfo.com)

On December 5, San Francisco Airport (SFO) officials introduced LiLou, the newest member of the Wag Brigade, a group of friendly therapy dogs that roam the airport terminals to provide comfort to harried travelers. However, LiLou is not a canine, but a small breed of pig called Juliana. The two-year-old is the first pig to be certified with the SPCA, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Program, in the United States.

While just the sight of the adorable porker, who sports scarlet nail polish on her perfectly manicured nails, is enough to coax a smile from even the most anxious traveler, LiLou is more than just a pretty face. The talented animal can greet fans with her snout or wave, thank them with a shake of her tail, and even entertain them with live music on her toy piano. SFO officials say the pig even takes a bow after each performance!

Photo Credit: FlySFO.com

As if that is not enough, LiLou can also push a ball with her snout and stand on her back hooves and twirl like a ballerina. She is also housebroken, an important skill for someone who has to roam airport terminals, two hours at a time.

San Francisco SPCA spokeswoman Krista Maloney, says the idea of LiLou becoming a therapy animal came from her owner, Tatyana Danilove. But of course, having a friendly demeanor and love for humans is not enough to qualify. Maloney says Lilou underwent the same training as the dogs and only after she passed with flying colors, was she included in this all-important Wag Brigade family that boasts 300 canine members.

Photo Credit: FlySFO.com

Given that LiLou’s schedule with her handlers is still not set, there is no sure way of knowing when she will be at SFO. Airport spokesman Doug Yakel says they expect the pig at least once a month and adds, “We may end up making her visits a surprise.” When not helping calm nerves at the airport, Lilou can often be found bringing cheer to the sick at local hospitals and visiting the elderly at retirement homes.

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460 Comments
  • 566165Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 11:44 am
    looks like there are many vistors
    • piggylovermackThursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:48 am
      adorable
      • PigsTuesday, February 5, 2019 at 9:11 am
        Cute
        • starThursday, January 24, 2019 at 3:47 pm
          so cool
          • unknownMonday, November 5, 2018 at 9:02 am
            i heard there was a pig that inspired people called ham.p bacon
            • jesussaves
              jesussavesThursday, October 25, 2018 at 12:31 pm
              Aww, cute pig!
              • lunar moonWednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:31 am
                its very cute don't get me wrong just why would you dress up the pig
                • ThatpersonTuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:38 am
                  i dont like this article. i mean the pig is cute, but forcing a pig to dress up and putting nail polish is just cruel. Animal Cruelty. yeesh you guys "love" animals.... yeah no you dont
                  • guineapiggy
                    guineapiggyTuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:46 pm
                    I would have to agree with wolfdog on this one.
                    • wolfdog
                      wolfdogThursday, June 7, 2018 at 7:57 am
                      Animal cruelty is only cruel if the animal doesn't like it. The pig seems to be perfectly fine in the dress, and may I just say she is used for cuddles! So she obviously is very calm and well-maintained.
                      • wolfdog
                        wolfdogThursday, June 7, 2018 at 7:58 am
                        It's like when people dress up their dogs.
                    • XD LOLimagirlFriday, September 29, 2017 at 10:50 am
                      so cute
                      • Sally98987Monday, August 14, 2017 at 2:28 pm
                        Aww i like girl pigs