LA JOLLA, Calif. — The famous Monterey cypress tree said to have inspired the Truffulas trees in Dr. Seuss' beloved 1971 children's book "The Lorax" toppled over in a California park last week for unknown reasons.
Park officials don't know why the tree, which was thought to be 80 to 100 years old, fell because it was healthy and there was no bad weather at the time of the fall, according to The Los Angeles Times.
“We did have a very wet winter, so we’re looking at the soil to see if that may have been a factor,” San Diego Parks and Recreation Department spokesman Tim Graham said.
He also said officials hope to plant another Monterey cypress in its place, but it’s not known when that might happen.
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