- LiLou the pig has been welcomed to SFO's Wag Brigade team of therapy pets
- San Francisco SPCA certified the team of animals that make air travel more fun
- The team has more than 300 dog, cat, and rabbit teams, but LiLou is the first pigTherapy dogs step aside, there's a new feel-good-friend in town.
LiLou the therapy pig has touched down at San Francisco International Airport in a bid to help calm nervous fliers.
She is the first known airport therapy pig in the United States, and promises to surprise and delight guests at SFO with her winning personality, charming costumes, and painted nails.
LiLou the pig is the first known airport therapy pig in the United States. She was welcomed to San Francisco Airport's Wag Brigade team of therapy pets
The Juliana-breed pig loves performing tricks for her audience and visits several other facilities in San Francisco also, including senior centers and hospitals.
She is now a member of the SFO Wag Brigade, which was launched in December 2013 with the mission of bringing trained animals to airport terminals to make passenger travel more enjoyable.
The pets provide comfort and entertainment for travelers who are waiting anxiously through their layovers.
The SF SPCA certifies all animals through their AAT program before they can walk airport terminals.
Carefully selected for their temperament and airport suitability, animals wear vests that read 'Pet Me!' to encourage interaction with airport guests.
LiLou promises to surprise and delight guests at SFO with her winning personality, charming costumes, and painted nails
The San Francisco SPCA has more than 300 dog, cat and rabbit volunteer teams, but LiLou is the first pig in the program
Christopher Birch, the Director of Guest Experience, said: 'Since its launch in 2013, the SFO Wag Brigade has become a favorite amenity among travelers.
'With the addition of LiLou, we can look forward to more moments of surprise and delight for guests at our airport.'
San Francisco SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy Manager, Dr Jennifer Henley, said: 'We have more than 300 dog, cat and rabbit volunteer teams, but LiLou is the first pig in our program.
'It's wonderful to witness the surprise and delight that LiLou brings to people during therapy visits.'
Therapy dogs have already proved to be effective at calming passengers' nerves.
Hubs that deploy them include not only San Francisco but those in Los Angeles, San Jose, Miami and Edmonton in Canada.
The SFO Wag Brigade brings trained animals to airport terminals to make passenger travel more enjoyable