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Alessandra Ambrósio: Anja Wants a Pet Seal

07/16/2011 at 10:00 AM ET
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When it comes to her 2½-year-old daughter Anja Louise, Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrósio isn’t sparing any indulgences. But she drew the line at a pet seal.

During a recent trip to New York’s Central Park Zoo, Anja spotted something she liked right away.

“The first animal we saw was the seal,” Ambrósio, 30, told PEOPLE at the Victoria Secret Supermodel Cycle for Pelotonia at SoulCycle on Wednesday.

“She was like, ‘Mommy, can you buy one for me? I want a little one for the house!’”

Ambrósio tried to let her down easy. “[I told her,] ‘No, we can look at them. We can’t have them at home.”

It didn’t all end in disappointment for Anja, however. Ambrósio and her fiancé, Jamie Mazur, gave their daughter a more manageable pet.

“Lola — she’s a teacup Maltese,” Ambrósio explains. “She’s very tiny and adorable. My daughter loves her.”

– Sydney Berger

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A on

I remember she was not the cutest baby ever, but she has definitely grown into her looks, she’s a cute toddler :)

Katherine on

Alessandra looks like a fun mom :) Anja is a cutie pie!

Shannon on

LOL well at least she got a pet. She looks just like her father.

Ashley on

Such a cute picture, I love it!!

Melissa on

What’s the point of being the daughter of a supermodel if you CAN’T have a pet seal? Come on!

ERICA2 on

She is a peculiar looking child…can’t tell what parent she resembles..maybe a complete mix of both.

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