In the midst of his popularity, the Lorax was stolen from his spot at Dr. Suess' San Diego home.
A 2-foot bronze statue of Dr. Seuss's (Theodore Geisel) yellow-bearded character sat in the backyard of Audrey Geisel's La Jolla hillside mansion. It was reportedly stolen over the weekend, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
Even actor Danny DeVito, who plays the voice of the Lorax in the recently released film, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," is wondering why someone would do this.
"The Lorax was stolen from Dr.Seuss' widow Audrey's yard! Come on guys!" DeVito tweeted.
The 300-pound statue stood on a wooden base shaped like a tree stump and bearing the inscription "Unless," referring to the environmental message of the book and film.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's Not!"
Dr. Seuss wrote the children's books in 1991 at age 87.
The Lorax statue was installed along a path with a view of the Pacific Ocean, beneath a 100-year-old Italian stone pine, according to San Diego UT writer Pauline Repard. The pine was in a Seuss drawing of elephant character Horton sitting on a tree branch in "Horton Hears a Who."
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