Lilou, a therapy pig is trying to reduce the anxiety and stress of people travelling from airports. The animal and her human Tatyana Danilova are part of Francisco International Airport's 'Wag Brigade', a programme that brings therapy animals to the airport to calm down passengers and help ease first-time travellers and others. Lilou comes to the airport dressed in a pilot's cap and toenails painted bright red. She gives her hoof to greet people and even poses for selfies. Lilou grabs the attention of people by playing a tune on her toy piano. Harriet, The Singing Donkey From Ireland is an Internet Sensation! Watch Viral Video of Her Melodious Opera-like Singing.
Danilova was quoted as saying, "People are very happy to get distracted from the travel, from their routines, whether they're flying on their journey for vacation or work. Everybody is usually very happy and it makes them pause for a second and smile and be like, "Oh, it's great."' LiLou lives with Danilova at her San Francisco apartment where she goes for her daily walk around the neighbourhood. She eats organic vegetables and protein pellets.
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Guest services manager Jennifer Kazarian said that LiLou is the world's first airport therapy pig in a 'Wag Brigade' programme which has dogs of all breeds and sizes. Kazarian said, "When we first launched the programme, our main goal was to relieve stress for our passengers. However, what we have found is we have formed a connection with our passengers and it's been totally amazing. All the therapy animals take part in a training programme with the San Francisco SPCA and must have a stable temperament, good manners and a friendly personality."