It is a beloved classic story and now a box office smash. The Lorax, Dr. Seuss’ beloved environmentally friendly orange character who stands on the stump of a “truffula” tree, used to sit as a statue in the backyard of Seuss’ widow Audrey Geisel’s La Jolla, California mansion. But now the 2-foot, 300-pound Lorax has been reported stolen.
Property manager Carl Romero told U-T San Diego he and Geisel had discovered the statue had been missing while walking through the garden on Monday morning. Footprints showed that the culprits had dragged the work of art to “an access road and lifted it over a chain-link fence.” San Diego police were notified immediatley. The Lorax is the only Seuss character on the Geisel property.
Audrey Geisel’s daughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cates created one bronze sculpture for the home and one for the Dr. Seuss National Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her stepfather, born Theodore Geisel, was raised there and died on March 2, 1991 at the age of 87. On that day this year, The Lorax was released in movie theaters across the nation. Dimon-Cates is upset and outraged by the kidnapping:
“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. I hope he hasn’t been taken across the border into Tijuana for scrap. Worst-case scenario, I’ll get the foundry to create another one, but he won’t be the same.”
The theft occurred just before security cams were going to be installed, with one pointing right at the Lorax. This is a fact Romero calls “peculiar. It’s not a coincidence. It’s very private up here.” Meanwhile Dimond-Cates says the missing Lorax is taking a toll on her mother:
“My mom gets up in the morning, looks outside her window, and now he’s not there.”
All of us at gaysocialites.com have best wishes for the Geisel family in finding their beloved Lorax. May he return in one piece and be reunited with the nature he so adores.