LiLou the remedy pig at San Francisco Worldwide Airport. (Reuters)
Pigs won’t fly, however LiLou the remedy pig desires to make air journey much less traumatic.
The five-year-old Juliana pig and her proprietor, Tatyana Danilova, are a part of San Francisco Worldwide Airport’s “Wag Brigade” – a program that brings remedy animals to the airport to cheer passengers up and assist ease journey anxieties.
Wearing a pilot’s cap and with toenails painted vivid crimson, LiLou breezes by way of the metallic detector at airport safety and trots to the departure gates. She raises a hoof in greeting, poses for selfies and entertains departing passengers with a tune on her toy piano.
“Individuals are very completely satisfied to get distracted from the journey, from their routines, whether or not they’re flying on their journey for trip or work,” mentioned Danilova. “All people is often very completely satisfied and it makes them pause for a second and smile and be like, ‘oh, it is nice.'”
When she’s not delighting passengers on the airport, LiLou lives with Danilova in her downtown San Francisco house, the place she enjoys a weight loss plan of natural greens and protein pellets, sleeps in her personal mattress and goes for every day walks across the neighborhood.
Danilova says LiLou loves interacting with folks, however, as a prey animal, would not like having anybody method her from behind.
On the airport, eight-year-old Katie Schroeder, from San Ramon, California, squealed in delight as LiLou bashed out a tune on her piano, utilizing her hooves and snout.
“I’ve by no means seen a pig within the airport. She will do methods like a canine,” she mentioned.
Visitor providers supervisor Jennifer Kazarian says LiLou is the world’s first airport remedy pig in a “Wag Brigade” program, which incorporates canines of all breeds and sizes, that she has constructed a way of neighborhood within the airport.
“After we first launched this system, our major objective was to alleviate stress for our passengers. Nevertheless, what we’ve discovered is we’ve fashioned a reference to our passengers and it has been completely wonderful,” Kazarian mentioned.
All of the remedy animals participate in a coaching program with the San Francisco SPCA and should have a secure temperament, good manners and a pleasant character, she mentioned.
As for little “accidents,” Kazarian mentioned there haven’t been any points. All of the animals, together with LiLou, are house-trained.
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