Cody the Alpaca: 3 Things to Know About the Celeb Alpaca

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By: Meredith Whittar | Kristina Guerrero Posted: 10:53 AM, Jul 17, 2018 Updated: 10:55 AM, Jul 17, 2018

Meet Cody, the teeny tiny alpaca. This little one went viral recently, and along the way she’s taught us several valuable lessons. Here’s three things to know about Cody the alpaca, and how she’s teaching us to never give up.

Cody the alpaca lives with Amber, who owns an alpaca farm, and became Cody’s mom when Cody’s alpaca mom abandoned her. Within an hour of her birth, she moved into Amber’s house. A vet said she’d have to stay inside indefinitely and might not live, but Cody didn’t listen. Now Cody’s thriving and living her life in a way that can teach us a few reasons never to give up. 

1. Cody the Alpaca Keeps Pushing Herself

Most alpaca babies are born 15 to 20 pounds. When Cody was born, she was six and a half pounds, which is about a third of the size of a normal baby alpaca. “She’s broken her leg twice because she was so fragile. She had cataracts surgery,” Amber explains, “then her system shut down after the surgery, and we thought we almost lost her then.” 

Despite those trials and tribulations, she had to learn to bond with all the other animals. Amber says Cody the alpaca was very socially awkward at the beginning, but nothing stopped her from making new friends and trying new things. 

2. She Embraces Her Uniqueness

Cody has her own Facebook page, where Amber creates videos to show the day-to-day life of this little superstar. She might not be the same size as all the others and might not live the same way, but she’s showing people that that’s okay. People all over have messaged Amber telling her how Cody lifts their spirits. 

3. She Knows it’s Okay to be Different 

Amber says her idea for Cody’s purpose in life is to help kids who feel left out and different. She’s even written and self-published a children’s book about Cody for kids to read about her life’s story. “It’s okay to be different, and not everybody understands that when they feel different, they feel left out,” Amber explains, “and so Cody’s kind of a good symbol of that.” 

So, there you have it. Now you’ve got three life lessons we can all takeaway from Cody the alpaca. 

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