Apparently, all the recent attention on the Lorax movie hasn’t been such a good thing for the family of Dr. Seuss (the pen name of Theodore Geisel). For years, a bronze statue of the Lorax has stood in the garden outside the Geisel family home.
When Seuss’ widow, the 90-year-old Audrey Geisel, woke up on Monday morning, she found that the statue had disappeared. At 300 lbs and 3 feet tall, hauling away the statue can’t have been an easy feat.
The statue is valued at $10,000. Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, the writer’s daughter, who commissioned the custom piece, told the San Diego Union Tribune, “I want very badly to get our little Lorax back home where he belongs. Wherever he is, he’s scared, lonely and hungry. He’s not just a hunk of metal to us. He was a family pet.”
The Geisel family says they just want the statue returned safely and will not press charges if it’s brought home in one piece. “I hope he hasn’t been taken across the border into Tijuana for scrap,” Dimond-Cates said. “Worst-case scenario, I’ll get the foundry to create another one, but he won’t be the same.”
The family believes the Lorax was dragged to an access road and lifted over a chain link fence. Unfortunately, the theft came right as the family was having security cameras installed, one of which was going to be aimed directly at the statue.
Only time will tell if the thieves have a change of heart and surrender the statue peacefully. San Diego police are on the lookout for the perpetrator.
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