Bronze Lorax Statue Stolen From The Estate Of The Late Dr. Seuss

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 Lorax Statue Stolen From Estate Of Dr. Seuss

via San Diego Union Tribune

A bronze statue of The Lorax has been pilfered from the late Dr. Seuss' San Diego estate--who will speak for the trees now?!?

The 300-pound, two foot tall statue appears to have been dragged across the property and lifted over a chain link fence, to an access road. 

The family of Dr. Seuss (real name: Theodor Geisel) hope the statue was stolen as a prank, or due to fervor over the movie that just came out--the one that turned the pro-environment Lorax into a mascot for selling SUVs.

Because otherwise, it was stolen to sell for scrap in Tijuana, and then there's no hope of getting it back. They've kindly offered to refrain from pressing charges if the statue is returned. 

More, from the San Diego Union Tribune:

[Seuss' step-daughter], sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates of Rancho Santa Fe, created one cast-bronze Lorax for the family and one for a Dr. Seuss National Memorial dedicated in 2002 at her stepfather’s hometown, Springfield, Mass...

“I want very badly to get our little Lorax back home where he belongs,” Dimond-Cates said Tuesday. “Wherever he is, he’s scared, lonely and hungry. He’s not just a hunk of metal to us. He was a family pet.”

Some people are jerks. Specifically, the people who stole this statue.

Image of The Lorax (Classic Seuss)
Author: Dr. Seuss
Price: $13.46
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (1971)
Binding: Hardcover, 72 pages
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Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life March 29, 2012 - 8:17am

Who lifted a 300lb statue over a fence?

Tim's picture
Tim from Philadelphia is reading approximately eight different books. Most unsuccessfully. March 29, 2012 - 9:17am

If we are lucky whoever took it is whisking it around the world and taking pictures of it in front of famous landmarks and will return it with a photo album chock full of portraits.

Still, if it is already melted down and sold as scrap, we at least have the hope that it will be replaced in the near future with a sculpture of a Star-Bellied Sneech. I love me some sneeches.