A pig for therapy at the San Francisco Airport
It's part of a project to reduce passenger stress - VIDEO
For the first time in the world a pig is used for airport therapy and is located at San Francisco Airport. "LiLou", this is its name, is part of the "Wag Brigade" project, a "pet therapy" program that involves animals to cheer passengers up and alleviate their travel anxieties. The pig dressed in a pilot's cap entertains departing passengers with a melody on its toy piano.
"People are very happy to distract themselves from their routines and are generally very happy and smiling", said its mistress with whom it lives in an apartment in San Francisco, where the animal uses a diet based on organic vegetables and protein food and has been trained by qualified personnel.
An eight-year-old girl screamed with joy to see it and said: "I never saw a pig at the airport. It knows how to play like a dog".
Service Manager Jennifer Kazarian said: "When we first launched the program, our main goal was to relieve stress for our travellers. We have discovered that we have created a surprising connection with our passengers".
All animals for therapy take part in a San Francisco SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) training program and must have a stable temperament and a friendly personality.
Below, a video on pig at the San Francisco airport
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency