Scientists say sorry for lack of dragon research
Scientists in Australia have apologised to a little girl for failing to make her a pet dragon - and promised to step up research.
Seven-year-old Sophie Lester, who lives in Queensland, wrote to the Australian national science agency asking for a pet dragon.
In the letter addressed 'Hello lovely scientist', she wrote: "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."
Staff at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation were quick to respond.
In a statement on their website, they said: "We've been doing science since 1926 and we're quite proud of what we have achieved. 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... And for this, Australia, we are sorry."
CSIRO has promised to make Sophie a 3D printed titanium dragon by way of an apology.