Australia's got its very own pint-sized Khaleesi in 7-year-old Sophie Lester of Queensland, who over Christmas wrote a letter to the national science agency CSIRO asking for a dragon of her own. Both the letter and the agency's response are so cute you're going to feel like passing out.
Here's Sophie's letter. For added adorability, read it to yourself in the voice of a little girl with an Australian accent, but, you know, not in public because people will think you're weird.
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
Those dark marks bleeding through the paper that contains her letter are actually from the drawing she made on the back, which. Gah. So cute.
CSIRO responded to Sophie's letter and drawing on their website, writing, in part,
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.
Over the past 87 odd years we have not been able to create a dragon or dragon eggs. We have sighted an eastern bearded dragon at one of our telescopes, observed dragonflies and even measured body temperatures of the mallee dragon. But our work has never ventured into dragons of the mythical, fire breathing variety.
And for this Australia, we are sorry.
The organization's letter also recommended Sophie get into Game of Thrones because there are totally IRL dragons on that show, which is a sort of cute suggestion until you realize that show is like 90% boobs and stabbing. Not till you're older, Sophie.