Kid returns stolen pine cone to California park with apology note

A young visitor to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California apparently stole a pine cone -- and returned it to the staff with an apologetic (and adorable) note.

Park staff shared a photo of the note on Facebook, and the post has been shared more than 1,000 times.

The apology reads:

"To whom it may concern: I took a pine cone out of the forest and I wanted to return it. I hope it will be placed near the General Grant tree because that is where I took it. I am sorry for my decision. Thank you."

The staff was appreciative of the returned pine cone, which is technically a Giant Sequoia cone, explaining that it's against park rules to do so.

"It's a tough environment here," the Facebook post reads. "The animals need their nibbles and the area needs the seeds and vegetation. Also, cones and other plants deteriorate and help to create soil in this rocky environment."

The park thanked the child for thinking about the park's preservation message.

"Thanks for leaving Sequoia and Kings Canyon Parks as you found them. And, thanks for sending this back, buddy!"

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