The Lorax is missing, the Lorax is missing! Yes, he may found in the movie theaters starring in the new animated feature The Lorax but the small bronze version of him that resided in the widow of Dr. Seuss’ garden is gone, having been stolen from his home.
Audrey Geisel, the 90-year-old widow of Dr. Seuss, and her groundskeeper reportedly noticed that the statue was missing from the private family estate in La Jolla, California. There are only two of these statues in existence. They were crafted by Dr. Seuss’ stepdaughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, and the mold was destroyed after she made the statues.
The 300 pound, 2-foot-tall “‘Lorax” had spent the last twelve years sitting on a tree stump with a plaque that read “unless.”‘ The family is worried that the piece of art – valued at about $10,000 – will be melted down for its bronze.
Dr. Seuss’s stepdaughter 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.” She added, “He’s not just a hunk of metal to us. He was a family pet.”
Here’s hoping that the Lorax makes his way home!
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