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Saying goodbye to Phil's forecasting cousin

11 months ago Wednesday, April 23, 2014 7:49:04 AM CDT April 23, 2014 Wednesday, April 23 2014 Apr 23, 2014 in Weather

Punxsutawney Phil has one less furry forecasting friend after Oxford Michigan's own "Tutor the llama" passed away on April 3.

The four-legged forecaster passed in his sleep on Windstar Farm at the age of 9.

Tutor began offering a long-term prediction for Oxford residents in 2010 replacing, Prozac or "Zac the llama." He served from 2002-2009 after Noah the groundhog passed.

Like Punxsutawney Phil, Tutor has had his ups and downs with an accurate estimation of an early spring in 2010 and followed by a miss in 2011. In his final forecast this year, Tutor called for an early spring, counter to what Phil predicted, and a clear miss.

According to wunderground.com, Tutor's owners, Mark and Beth Harries are unsure if whether or not they will name a successor.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, liking Josh on Facebook and following him on Twitter.

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