Astonishing Alpaca Attire

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           Most animals don't wear clothes. So when you do see an animal sporting some kind of outfit, you’re bound to wonder why.

           Most animals don't wear clothes. So when you do see an animal sporting some kind of outfit, you’re bound to wonder why. At the National Western Stock Show, most people are serious about their animals, because they sell them for a living. But on Jan. 13, alpacas of all kinds paraded around wearing clothes like snow pants, baseball hats, and dresses. Now for the obvious question, why? These furry little creatures were dressed to the nines for a costume contest. Some of the alpacas looked peaceful, but others appeared mortified.

           One alpaca named Ellie was outfitted in disco clothes, complete with sparkly green shades. As Tierney McPike, of Aquarius Alpacas in Greeley, was putting leg warmers on her, Ellie decided to throw a diva tantrum. It took four people to hold Ellie and finish dressing her which Tierney says can be difficult, “based on her mood.”

           Since Ellie was small, Tierney has been working faithfully with her. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to raise animals, and that’s what the National Western Stock Show is about. It was established in 1906 mainly to buy and sell livestock. However, the NWSS isn’t all business, there is a bit of silliness involved. So if you need a break, come down to the National Western Stock Show before Jan. 27.