Meet Lilou, San Francisco International Airport's Adorable Therapy Pig

This airport therapy pig is putting a smile on the faces of San Francisco travelers.

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You've probably heard that more and more airports are using therapy animals to help ease the anxiety that many travelers have about flying. But while most airports use dogs as a means of emotional comfort, San Francisco International Airport employs a very special therapy pig instead. Her name is Lilou, and she's just one of the many certified therapy animals who make up the airport's "Wag Brigade."

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According to the bio on her website, Lilou was born in Michigan four years ago, and moved to San Francisco just two months later to achieve the classic California dream of being "young, beautiful, famous, and fabulous!"

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Hello San Francisco! My first night ๐Ÿ™‚ #lilouthepiglet #lilousfpiglet #piglet #juliana #lilouthepig

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She certainly did it. In January 2016, she became the first certified therapy pig in the Animal Assisted Therapy Program with San Francisco's Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SF SPCA). Now, she greets travelers from all over the world, glamorously dressed in tutus, bows, and red non-toxic nail polish.

Other days, you might find her wearing a classic pilot's cap.

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โœˆ๏ธAirport Therapyโœˆ๏ธ: I've got the coolest, most beautiful and diverse Wag Brigade ๐Ÿถ colleagues spreading joy and cheer at SFO Airport ๐Ÿ˜ @jaggerdwagger with the best man bun known to me, @georgemorkie my sweet little buddy we missed so much, @bowtiebenga another cutest pilot chick๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โœˆ๏ธ, @wrigley.murphy_newdles the big and gentle bear and @bombaythelab the new friend who did think I was a weird dog at first ๐Ÿ˜‚. Hardly anyone could resist smiling. This time we got to film the evidence with @reuters ๐ŸŽž ๐ŸŽฅ ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿท โ€“ @flysfo @sfowagbrigade @sanfranciscospca โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ #sfpig #lilouthepig #lilou #therapypig #petpig #citypig #minipig #pigsofinstagram @thedodo @buzzfeedanimals @abc7newsbayarea @ktvu2 @kpixtv @theellenshow #buzzfeedanimals #abc7now #thedodo #therapyanimal #bayareabuzz #onlyinSF @onlyinsf @cutepetclub @peopletv @9gag #WagBrigade #animalassistedtherapy #airportfashion #airportlife #travelblogger #volunteer #charity #smileambassador #pigambassador #travelbug #airportstyle #spreadlove #spreadjoy @reuters @reuterstv #reuters #filmmaker #interspeciesfriendship

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It's clear that Lilou takes her responsibilities very seriously.

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She's always available for snuggles.

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And she brings joy to anyone who is blessed enough to cross her path.

Sometimes, she even greets passengers by playing on a toy piano, which has to be one of the best things you could possibly see when getting off of a long flight.

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Fun SFO visit report: 1) Happy Birthday ๐ŸŽ‚ to darling ๐Ÿถ @sfowagbrigade colleague @bowtiebenga 2) โค๏ธ traveling musicians ๐ŸŽถ like @mandybrooksband ๐ŸŽธ & impromptu duets (๐Ÿ”‰ on and listen to the lyrics) 3) catching up with beautiful @melissaabc7 โ€“ an @abc7newsbayarea episode will be airing soon 4) my handsome Wag Brigaders @jaggerdwagger @wrigley.murphy_newdles and @bombaythelab are really cool, tall and oh so handsome!! ๐Ÿ˜ Check it out ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿฝ โ€“ @flysfo @sfowagbrigade @sanfranciscospca โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ #sfpig #lilouthepig #lilou #therapypig #petpig #citypig #minipig #pigsofinstagram @thedodo @buzzfeedanimals @abc7newsbayarea @ktvu2 @kpixtv @theellenshow #buzzfeedanimals #abc7now #thedodo #therapyanimal #bayareabuzz #onlyinSF @onlyinsf @cutepetclub @peopletv @9gag #WagBrigade #animalassistedtherapy #airportfashion #airportlife #travelblogger #volunteer #charity #smileambassador #pigambassador #travelbug #airportstyle #spreadlove #spreadjoy #abc7now #filmmaker #interspeciesfriendship

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When she's not at the airport, Lilou brings her special healing powers to hospitals and retirement homes in the area. Of course, she also likes to enjoy some R&R with her humans.

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She's living the good life, and she knows it. And for more great pet stories, check out: Dogs' Hilarious "Conversation" After Owner Plays Dead Goes Viral.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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