A little girl wanted to prove that Santa Claus is real, so she collected what may have been his DNA from a partially eaten cookie and sent that off to her local police department.
Now Scarlett, a 10-year-old girl from Cumberland, Rhode Island, may have her answer, partially, The Washington Post reported.
She wrote the Cumberland Police department, saying, “Dear Cumberland Police department, I took a sample of a cookie and carrots that I left for Santa and the raindeer on christmas eve and was wondering if you could take a sample of DNA and see if Santa is real?” the newspaper reported.
The tests were done by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the results came back with a partial match “to a 1947 case centered around 34th Street in New York City,” The Associated Press reported.
But they said they can’t make a full match until they get more DNA samples “from other known Santa encounters,” the AP reported.
The lab also tested some carrot sticks that had been chomped on by a “reindeer.”
DNA that was a close match for Rangifer tarandus, also known as a reindeer, was found.
This isn’t the first time Scarlett has tried to prove Santa’s existence.
Her mother, Alyson Doumato, said her daughter had set up her dad’s phone to capture video, and she did get footage of Santa, but she didn’t believe it was what it appeared to be, the Post reported.
“It looked photoshopped, so I got suspicious,” Scarlett said.
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