Australian National Science Agency Apologizes to Little Girl for Lack of Dragon Research

"We've missed something."

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An Australian national science agency has FINALLY apologized for a gaping hole in its research: Not enough dragon innovation.

All Sophie wanted for Christmas was a dragon to be named either Toothless or Stuart, depending on gender. When the request to her parents proved problematic, the 7-year-old Australian decided to write a letter to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation asking them to make one for her, please. 

Her letter, which can be seen on CSIRO’s blog along with a hand-drawn dragon illustration, reads:

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 thats 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

And thus, CSIRO released a statement apologizing for their shortsightedness.

“We’ve been doing science since 1926 and we’re quite proud of what we have achieved. … But we’ve missed something,” CSIRO said in its statement. “There are no dragons… and for this Australia, we are sorry.”