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Dr. Seuss’ Lorax Stolen

Dr. Seuss’ Lorax Stolen

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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7:00AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Unbelievable...what in the world are they going to be able to do with it now that they have it?

1:48AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Can't believe it!

1:43AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Eish! That's terrible!

10:51PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

I mean, how low do you have to be, to steal a lawn ornament? Back in the day, teenagers used to steal garden gnomes like crazy, and probably still do.

10:49PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Good luck getting it back.

7:16PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Bring the Lorax back home!

2:15PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

What a sad thing for the family.

As far as the movie version of The Lorax goes, skip it and buy a child a copy of the book instead. The movie adaption is dreadful.

1:26PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

This is truly devastating! Anyone who knows Dr.Seuss's stories know that the Lorax was one of his most amazing stories not to mention most precious characters. It does not surprise me a bit that they had a statue made in his image. It pains me to know that someone has stolen this delicate icon from the family of ideally the most creative, inspirational man that ever lived (hand in hand with Jim Henson). It's really generous of his widow to not press charges on the vandals and to ONLY want the statue of their beloved pet returned. I do hope this story ends up having a happy ending. It makes you wonder what this world is coming to, when a movie can't be made without the threat of something valuable being stolen from it's original author. How selfish can someone be? I know that his widow said she could get another one made, but she's right it wouldn't be the same. I'm sure that the original Lorax was made long before the inspirational children's writer died so replacing him; is likely not even an option she wants to consider. Poor thing. My heart goes out to her.. I know this must be tough. To us, it's a statute to her, it's a family pet but more than's a long lasting memory that forever would have reminded her of the legacy her husband left behind.

8:12AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Poor Lorax.......what a sad thing to do to this elderly widow

12:17PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Metal theft is a major problem here in Denmark - power cables for trains, artworks, ornaments from cemetaries etc. are being stolen and sold as scrap metal.

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