Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, has publicly apologised for their lack of dragon research and development after a young girl sent them a polite letter requesting her own personal dragon.
In the letter, which opens with “Hello lovely scientist,” seven year-old Sophie asks the scientists “would it be possible” for them to create a fire-breathing beast especially for her.
“I would like it if you could but if you can’t that’s fine,” she concedes. For extra clarity, Sophie included a drawing of her ideal dragon and a plan for where and how it would live.
“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.”
Not wanting to disappoint, the organisation issued a statement acknowledging their shortcomings.
“We’ve been doing science since 1926 and we’re quite proud of what we have achieved,” said an article on their official website, “But we’ve missed something.There are no dragons.”
After apologising to all Australian citizens, the article suggests exploring dragon fire as an option for a low emissions fuel.
Dragons have found renewed popularity in recent years with their representation in shows like Game of Thrones and, more recently, the blockbuster film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Hopefully, with a bit more of a focused effort from our national scientists, dragons will no longer be just an on-screen phenomenon.
See Sophie’s original letter below: