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Baby Alpaca Born Too Small Grows Strong In Fabulous Outfits

Cody was born pretty small for an alpaca.

But her size hasn't stopped her from rocking the most flamboyant of costumes ...

... coats ...

... or wigs.

It was the summer of August 2014. Amber Isaac knew something was amiss when one of her pregnant alpacas started going into labor at 11 months, when alpacas typically remain pregnant for a little over a year. When the baby finally arrived into the world, she was "barely bigger than a fetus." Sadly, these are the types of health issues that can result from alpaca breeding.

Cody, who lives on an alpaca ranch in Castle Rock, Colorado, only weighed 6.5 pounds when she was born. The average newborn alpaca weighs anywhere between 18 and 20 pounds.

The odds were against Cody from the start, but Isaac refused to give up on her.

She took Cody into her home to look after her and bottle-fed her like clockwork, determined to have her gain weight and become the healthiest she could be. An infection almost took the young alpaca's life when she was only three weeks old - but she survived, proving that no matter what came her way, Cody had the spirit to tackle it head on.

That was how she overcame other hurdles, like the time she broke her leg after an accidental fall.

It was only when she started to spend more time outdoors with alpacas like herself ...

... and making new friends outside of her species, like Cappuccino the cat ...

... that her next challenge in life became fairly obvious.

"As her energy got better, I started bringing her outside more and she started bumping into things," Isaac told Fox 31 Denver. A trip to the vet determined that Cody had a fully developed cataract in the right eye and a growing one in her left, impairing her vision.

Without intervention, Cody would go completely blind - and surgery to prevent this worst-case scenario was expensive. But luckily for Cody, she had the backing of fans all around the world willing to pitch in and save her eyesight.

In addition to getting her very own book and army of stuffed animal look-alikes ...

... Cody became a role model for children ...

... helping them embrace their differences.

Once the word got out about Cody's latest medical needs, a fundraising page went up and donors managed to go above and beyond in raising money.

Now Cody is gearing up for pre-surgery tests and preparations, made entirely possible by the outpouring of support and kindness from people inspired by her strength ...

... not to mention charmed by her sweetness, her fabulous holiday costumes ...

... and her Disney princess imitations.

You can follow Cody's adventures as a tiny alpaca living in a big world on Facebook and Instagram.

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