San Francisco has a reputation as a place for innovators. Also for animal-loving hippies. That unique combination of reasons might be why the city's international airport now offers a therapy pig to calm nervous passengers.
The pig, named Lilou, is the first non-dog to have joined the ranks of therapy animals at SFO's so-called Wag Brigade. The airport launched the program in 2013, and it involves dogs certified as therapy animals roaming the terminals to comfort and delight flyers.
The newest member of the club, however, is a spotted Juliana pig nearing her second birthday. Naturally, she has her own Instagram account @lilou_sfpig.
She is the first pig to be certified through the specialized Animal Assisted Therapy Program of the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which runs the program at the airport.
She has an array of cheerful costumes — and of course her "Pet Me!"-emblazoned informational vest.
Just two days ago for instance, she went for a strut in her red velvet holiday finery. According to her Instagram, "I went for a walk dressed as a present today to spread joy and holiday spirit!"
We're calling that joyful and jolly indeed.
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