In a garden near a house in La Jolla, California, there sat a 2-foot version of Dr. Suess’ famed character The Lorax, encased in bronze and standing around for guests and household members at Audrey Geisel’s mansion to delight in. Unfortunately, like Seuss’ Truffula Tree before it, someone with little regard for the poor statue's roots has snatched it up and stolen it away from its permanent home.

The stealing itself is quite a feat. The bronze statue weighs over three hundred pounds, and had to be dragged the length of the garden, raised over a chain length fence and then furtively driven away down an access road. The theft was thought to have occurred sometime Sunday, because the statue was seen Saturday, but by Monday morning Theodore Geisel's widow, Audrey, and her property manager, Carl Romero, could find hide nor hair of it, instead encountering footprints and drag marks leading to the fence.

The statue was created by Audrey Geisel’s daughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cates in the early 2000s. Another statue of the same character is still a resident at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial located in Springfield, Massachusetts. According to the U-T San Diego, Geisel is not looking to press charges if the statue is returned. I’m not sure if Geisel will get the satisfaction of having the little guy returned. One would have to be pretty heartless to steal it in the first place, but at least her daughter is still around to make a replacement if needed. Pop Blend would like to wish the Geisel family the best of luck.

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