San Francisco Airport pig helps soothe stressed travellers

Therapy pig LiLou is the newest member of the Wag Brigade

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A trip to the airport can ruin the holiday spirit for some, but thanks to one pig at San Francisco International Airport travellers can have a stress-free experience.

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Therapy pig LiLou is the newest member of the airport's Wag Brigade, which includes specially trained dogs who help anxious passengers.

LiLou's owner Tatyana Danilova told CBS News: "People who are upset or you can totally tell how stressed they were, and they're like, 'ohhhhh, there's a pig!' And some of them would even squeal."

According to Jennifer Henley of the San Francisco SPCA, which trains therapy animals, they actually reduce depression and anxiety.

"Animals have that non-judgmental, unconditional love that they're giving you," she said.

San Francisco Airport says LiLou is a "proud city pig that brings smiles and positivity everywhere she goes."

She is hypoallergenic and can greet you with her snout or a wave, thank you with her shake, perform with her toy piano and bow at the end.

LiLou can even be found on Instagram at instagram.com/lilou_sfpig

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