Most kids ask for a puppy for Christmas. Some kids get all crazy and ask for a pony.
But 7-year-old Sophie Lester of Australia wanted a dragon.
So Sophie—who, based on the above drawing, is your average 7-year-old except with very long arms and clear hair—wrote a letter to CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) and asked for one. Very politely and very, very adorably. Here is the letter in full:
Hello Lovely Scientist
My name is Sophie and I am 7 years old. My dad told me about the scyentists at the CSIRO. Would it be possible if you can make a dragon foor me. I would like it if you could but if you can't thats fine.
I would call it toothless if it was a
gair girl and if it is a boy I wod 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
CSIRO released an official statement on their website in response to Sophie's request:
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.
The scientists over at CSIRO continued, "Over the past 87 odd years we have not been able to create a dragon or dragon eggs...And for this Australia, we are sorry."
Sophie's mom tells The Sydney Morning Herald that her daughter was "overjoyed" with CSIRO's statement and, "Sophie says she now wants to work at CSIRO. She's saying Australian scientists can do anything."
CSIRO concluded by thanking Sophie for her "fuel for though" and promised they're "looking into it." "In the meantime, you can always admire the brood of Daenerys Targaryen," they added, alluding to Game of Thrones, which is a TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE series for a 7-year-old.
Especially since the dragon she so clearly wants is from How to Train Your Dragon.
Black faced. Named "Toothless." It's the cutest How to Train Your Dragon plagiarism ever.
We don't know who "Stuart" is though.