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7-year-old girl sends letter asking scientists to make her a dragon, and they give her one!

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(Photo courtesy: CSIRO) (Photo courtesy: CSIRO)
(Photo courtesy: CSIRO) (Photo courtesy: CSIRO)
(Photo courtesy: CSIRO) (Photo courtesy: CSIRO)

A 7-year-old girl made a curious request for the scientists at Australia’s national science agency: she wanted them to make her a dragon. And what did they do? They actually delivered!

Sophie Lester sent a letter to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for her special wish. Sophie wrote:

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

Sophie also included an illustration on what she wanted her dragon to look like.

The agency posted her letter and picture on its website and it has since gone viral.

CSIRO was originally founded in 1926, but never during their existence have they performed any research on dragons.

“Over the past 87 odd years we have not been able to create a dragon or dragon eggs,” scientists at CSIRO wrote on its website. “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.”

CSIRO expressed regret for this, adding: “And for this Australia, we are sorry.”

But on Friday morning, CSIRO finally came through. Toothless, a 3D printed dragon made out of titanium, was born at 9:32 a.m. (AEDT).

The science agency created the dragon at its additive manufacturing facility in Melbourne and it will be sent to Sophie’s home in Brisbane.

“Being that electron beams were used to 3D print her, we are certainly glad she didn’t come out breathing them … instead of fire,” said Chad Henry, CSIRO's Additive Manufacturing Operations Manager. “Titanium is super strong and lightweight, so Toothless will be a very capable flyer.”

Sophie's mother told the Canberra Times that after the response from CSIRO, Sophie wants to become a scientist and work for the agency.

CSIRO wrote, “We’d love to have you in our team, Sophie. For now, stay curious.”

To see how Toothless was made, watch the video here.

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