AUSTRALIA'S national science agency has apologised to the nation for failing to invent "a dragon or dragon eggs" after a seven-year-old girl wrote a letter asking for one for Christmas.
In the letter, addressed "Hello lovely scientist", Sophie Lester from Queensland wrote: "I would like it if you could, but if you can't that's fine." Sophie, who had begged her parents for a baby dragon as a present, promised to call the dragon Toothless if it was a girl, and Stuart if it was a boy.
In a response posted on its website, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) said it was proud of its work since 1926 but regretted that it had yet to create or observe a fire-breathing dragon.
In the letter, Sophie promised to keep the dragon "in my special green grass area where there is lots of space, feed it raw fish and put a collar on it". She added: "I would play with it every weekend when there is no school."Sophie's mother Melissah Lester said: "Sophie says she now wants to work in the CSIRO." (© Daily Telegraph, London)