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Dr. Seuss' Stolen Lorax Statue Found Communing With Nature

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Last year, a little bit of joy was stolen from the lawn of La Jolla home of the late author Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. A two-foot-tall 300-pound bronze statue of his character the Lorax went missing in March 2012, but thanks to an anonymous tip, has been retrieved from a hiding spot in a canyon.The statue was located under some thick brush, according to the San Diego Police Department, reports NBC San Diego.

The tipster was a 22-year-old man in Montana who first went to police there in Bozeman. He claimed to know about the removal of the statue and where the Lorax was living.

Authorities in San Diego say the investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending. It is not clear if the tipster and the thief are one and the same.

Details of the crime have not been revealed. The Lorax is Seuss' earth loving character who "speaks for the trees," so one might wonder if it was just a wish to put the figure closer to local flora that prompted its unplanned move from lawn to canyon.

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The statue was created by Geisel's stepdaughter, and is worth an estimated $10,000, however to the family, it is "priceless," notes NBC San Diego. Geisel's 90-year-old widow, Audrey, lives at the La Jolla home.

Lorax Statue Stolen from La Jolla Home of Late Dr. Seuss