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The iconic tree thought to have inspired 'The Lorax' has suddenly died ? and the whole species is at risk of extinction

Business Insider – Children’s author Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) wrote famous stories like "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham," and "The Lorax." Geisel used to live in La Jolla, California, and he reportedly had a sweeping view of Ellen Browning Scripps Park from his desk. In the park, a single Monterey cypress tree dominated the landscape. Locals say this tree inspired the Truffula trees in "The Lorax." But the nearly century-old tree has died. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the species is vulnerable to extinction. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Last week, a tree in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla delivered a poignant message about Earth’s current extinction crisis: It suddenly fell down. While a single tree’s death is not usually cause for concern, this particular Monterey cypress had a literary legacy. The arboreal giant was said to have inspired the iconic Dr. Seuss story "The Lorax," which was published in 1971. The tree stood i
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