Air travel can be incredibly stressful. What better way to relax than by cuddling a pig wearing a tutu? Right?
We’re not telling porkies. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) this week has trotted out LiLou, a therapy pig, to help passengers that are feeling stressed or anxious about the airport experience.
LiLou hams it up with a range of fun outfits (including the aforementioned tutu) and colourfully painted nails. She sometimes wears a captain’s hat, but is not qualified to fly a plane.
She won’t be alone in her duties – the airport has a 300-strong team of therapy animals, including dogs, cats, and rabbits, known as the Wag Brigade. The team is certified by the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as part of its Animal Assisted Therapy programme.
SFO says the scheme aims to “make passenger travel more enjoyable.” The animals are “carefully selected for their temperament and airport suitability,” which hopefully means they won’t bite you or poop too much on the floor.
It seems that if a passenger is freaking out, LiLou could really save their bacon.
(We are so, so sorry).