(VISALIA, Calif.) -- One young visitor to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks took the message of preservation adorably to heart, returning a stolen cone.
The pilfered cone and a note of apology were mailed to the park, spokesperson Dana Dierkes told ABC News.
"I took a [pinecone] out of the forest and I wanted to return it," the note reads. "I hope it will be placed near the General Grant tree because that is where I took it."
The writer adds: "I am sorry for my decision."
Although the park notes in a Facebook post that is in fact a Sequoia cone, not a pinecone, it applauds the visitor for returning it. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks "rarely" get items back -- "a few each year," Dierkes said.
Dierkes hopes that next time the visitor will remember to "take only pictures and leave only footprints."
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