With ‘friendly” animals by our side, life is easier. They just sit around, say nothing and still say a lot. And one such chubby and fluffy animal is LiLou, who has been appointed at San Francisco International Airport to help passengers ease travel anxieties.
With a pilot’s cap on her head and toenails painted red, Lilou has multiple jobs in hand. The pig distracts the passengers, poses for selfies and most importantly, puts a smile on their faces.
Lilou’s owner Tatyana Danilova, explains how her presence at the airport spews good vibes among passengers. They, for a minute or two, forget what they are headed for and enjoy just being with her.
Lilou has been appointed at the airport as a part of the “Wag Brigade” program. The brigade is notorious for spreading cuteness at the premises and comprises of therapy animals who help passengers cope with travel anxiety.
“When we first launched the program, 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,” Guest services manager at the airport Jennifer Kazarian explains.
If you ever happen to be at the San Francisco airport, look for vests that read “Pet Me!” and maybe you will find Lilou on duty, only if she isn’t at home, munching her favourite diet of organic vegetables and protein pellets.