Spring is on its way, according to the Racine Zoo‘s groundhog Sunny.

Despite the cool temperatures and the howling wind, Sunny stepped out of the Vanishing Kingdom building at about 9 a.m. Tuesday. But two-year-old Sunny did not see her shadow this morning and that means an early spring is around the corner.

Sunny serves as the zoo’s conservation education animal ambassador and she’s used to being in the limelight because she visits schools and community events.

“She seemed to acknowledge her big day as she greeted media and her fans for about 30 minutes, burrowing only occasionally into the arms of Theresa Donarski, curator of conservation and animal care,” according to a press release.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.