12/11/2013 at 11:20 AM EST
He's a pachyderm with a purpose: to cheer people up!
This happy and healthy male elephant was born when the staff of the Melbourne Zoo really needed a pick-me-up, arriving just days after
an 11-month-old elephant died at the zoo in a freak accident.
Not surprisingly, the baby, who took his first steps within minutes of his birth
, is already winning hearts as he walks around in his enclosure – including that of his 3-year-old sister, Mali, his mom Dokkoon's firstborn.
In a first for the zoo, the little guy will be named from a selection of names chosen by the keepers that reflect his personality. Might we suggest Happy? After watching this video, we've almost completely forgotten about sloshing through a wintry mess this morning.