WATCH: Dr. Seuss’s Lorax Statue Stolen from Home
Somebody decided to be a Grinch when paying a not-so-welcome visit to the home of the late Dr. Seuss and his 90-year-old widow.
Dr. Seuss’s, aka Theodore Geisel’s, wife Audrey Geisel noticed something missing from their San Diego home’s garden last weekend: a 2-foot statue of the beloved Lorax.
Whoever stole it, must have been pretty motivated. After all, the statue weighs 300-pounds. Property manager Carl Romero discovered footprints concluding the thieves dragged the statue and lifted it over a fence to an access road.
The statue was crafted by Seuss’s stepdaughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cate, along with another that sits in the Dr. Seuss National Memorial in Springfield, Mass.
“I want very badly to get our little Lorax back home where he belongs,” Dimond-Cate said. “Wherever he is, he’s scared, lonely and hungry. He’s not just a hunk of metal to us. He was a family pet.”
Dr. Seuss is a beloved author, so it’s disappointing to see someone go to this extreme and take a piece of his property.
Even more so, his story of “The Lorax” is highly adored. Telling the story of the Truffula trees and the importance of respecting our environment, it was transformed into a highly anticipated film starring the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Ed Helms. It’s just one of his many stories that continue to sweep the nation.
“I hope he hasn’t been taken across the border into Tijuana for scrap,” Dimond-Cate added. “Worst-case scenario, I’ll get the foundry to create another one, but he won’t be the same.”
Romero said Geisel won’t press charges if the statue is returned. She just wants the little guy back in her garden.