It’s a problem that most parents have to deal with at some point; the exotic pet that your little one is just dying to bring home. For Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrósio, that pet was a seal.
“The first animal we saw was the seal,” Alessandra tells People of her recent trip to New York City’s Central Park Zoo with 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Anja. “She was like, ‘Mommy, can you buy one for me? I want a little one for the house!'”
She may have been caught off-guard with the request, but Ambrósio was able to let Anja down easy, telling the tot, “No, we can look at them. We can’t have them at home.”
A response that was honest, firm, yet still compassionate. And the new puppy doesn’t hurt either!
After the “zoo incident,” Ambrósio and fiancé Jamie Mazur gave Anja a pet that’s a little more suitable for their family — a teacup Maltese named Lola.
“She’s very tiny and adorable,” says Alessandra. “My daughter loves her.”