300-pound statue stolen from Dr. Seuss estate (Blame the Lorax?)

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 16, 2012

Foul things are afoot at the home of the late Theodor Geisel: Someone snuck onto the grounds and made off with a massive bronze statue of the Lorax, which had rested in the grickle-grass on the author's California estate for years.

The statue of the Lorax—which has the word "Unless" inscribed on its base, just as in Dr. Seuss' classic tale, and is valued at $10,000—was designed by Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, Dr. Seuss' granddaughter, and she's woefully distraught by its disappearance:

"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."

Luckily for Dimond-Cates and the widow Audrey Geisel, these thieves don't seem to be burdened with an overabundance of intelligence. Yes, 300 pounds of bronze is worth something as scrap metal (between $3 and $5 per pound or so), but not all that much. And if they tried to ransom it back to the Geisel family, they'd likely get nabbed by the police.

Unless ... they just really wanted a giant bronze Lorax for the veranda. In which case, bravo.

(via MSNBC)