LiLou the Pig at SFO
A five-year-old pig dressed in a pilot's cap and her owner are part of a program that brings trained therapy animals to the airport to cheer up passengers and help with travel anxiety, greeting travelers, posing for selfies and playing on her toy piano. https://t.co/XEw6GJHqnX pic.twitter.com/58k145pJL7
— ABC News (@ABC) November 11, 2019
Stitches the Cat at MSP
No we’re not kitten, there really is a tabico cat at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)! The airport welcomed its first-ever therapy feline via Twitter last Friday. Stitches is 11 years old and has been working as a therapy animal for three years, visiting nursing homes. Her idea of a purr-fect way to relax is watching Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, according to her owner.
Miniature Horses at CVG
Mini therapy horses from Ohio’s Seven Oaks Farm began trotting into Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) in 2016. – and it looks like there here to st-hay! According to Seven Oaks Farm’s Instagram account, the horses visited CVG as recently as August. Lisa Moad, Seven Oaks Farm owner, said it behooves her to bring her mini horses to the airport, as travelers are very grateful. “The passengers love seeing the horses,” she said. “A lot of them thank us for being there at that time because they needed that little bit of support before they get on the plane.”
Baby Alligators at MSY
Baby alligators started welcoming travelers arriving at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in November of last year. Each Friday afternoon, the Audubon Nature Institute brings baby alligators to the baggage claim area to post for selfies with travelers, before saying “see ya later” and continuing on to their final destination.
Miniature Goats at DEN
Denver International Airport brought a holiday surprise to travelers in 2017 in the form of goat yoga. “We believe there’s so much more to the airport experience than you expect. It should be relaxing, fun and unexpected,” the airport explained. “I feel like I just walked into another world, like I’m not in the airport anymore,” was one traveler’s response.