A few weeks ago, 7-year-old Sophie of Queensland wrote a letter to the national science agency CSIRO located in Australia to ask them to “make” her a dragon. I can (almost) guarantee that both the letter from Sophie and the agency’s response will be the most adorable thing you’ll read today.
Hello Lovely Scientist
My name is Sophie and I am 7 years old. My dad told me about the scientists at the CSIRO. Would it be possible if you can make a dragon for me. I would like it if you could but if you can’t that’s fine.
I would call it toothless if it was a girl and if it is a boy I would name it Stuart.
I would keep it in my special green grass area where there are lots of space. I would feed it raw fish and I would put a collar on it. If it got hurt I would bandage it if it hurt himself. I would play with it every weekend when there is no school.
Love from Sophie
A drawing of the dragon by Sophie:
CSIRO’S reponse: Accelerating our dragon R&D program.
We’ve been doing science since 1926 and we’re quite proud of what we have achieved. We’ve put polymer banknotes in your wallet, insect repellent on your limbs and Wi-Fi in your devices. But we’ve missed something.
There are no dragons.
Over the past 87 odd years we have not been able to create a dragon or dragon eggs. We have sighted an eastern bearded dragon at one of our telescopes, observed dragonflies and even measured body temperatures of the mallee dragon. But our work has never ventured into dragons of the mythical, fire breathing variety.
And for this Australia, we are sorry.
In the meantime, Sophie will have to resort to watching The Desolation of Smaug I guess.
Oh, and no, a 7-year-old should not be exposed to George R.R. Martin’s Games of Thrones/A Song of Fire and Ice.