"I speak for the trees," Dr. Seuss's Lorax shouted at the huge surprise of the old tree cut.
Now the tree that would have inspired the beloved Truffulas is no more. The Monterey cypress fell, thus closing the chapter on its famous tradition.
The only tree was in Ellen Browning Scripps Park in San Diego. Seuss apparently would have seen from his original sheet to his barking.
The cause of the fall is still unknown; the tree was healthy and no wind had recently blown.
"We had a very wet winter, so we're looking at the soil to see if that could have been a factor," Tim Graham said in a statement on behalf of the San Diego Recreation and Parks Department.
The city plans to retrieve the trunk from the tree, and a replacement should be planted – eventually.
Seuss' children's book, published in 1971, pits the environment against corporate greed, as each tree is cut and used as a thorn.
According to the book, a Thneed is "a sock. It's a glove. It is a hat. But he has other uses. Yes, well beyond that.
The story of "Lorax" has been told in the infinite. The fallen cypress was between 80 and 100 years old.