The African elephant born Sunday at the Louisville Zoo continues to bond well with his mother, Mikki, zoo officials said today.

The baby is nursing every two hours and exploring his new surroundings more and more each day, they said, adding that he appears to be a quick learner.

“The bonding is going very well,” said animal curator Steve Wing, adding that the baby “is definitely a little bull,” with a mind of his own.

“When the staff needs the baby elephant to go forward, he goes backward. When they need him to go to the left, he goes to the right,” according to a zoo news release.

Even though the staff is still on 24-hour baby care, they smile through the long hours, it said.

The zoo has not said yet when it will make the mother and baby available for public viewing. A naming contest will be announced when details are finalized.