It’s the SF Zoo’s adorable baby gorilla, Hasani’s first birthday, today, after a rough first year in which his birth mother ignored him and he was placed with a surrogate family. The Examiner’s Katie Worth reports that Hasani will celebrate with an “ice cake” (you and everybody else in the Bay Area, kid!) which ABC7 reports was “filled with treats.”

We’re going to take this opportunity to try to warm the ice cake of your heart by directing you to this photo gallery and primitive attempt at video from Hasani’s first public appearance with his new family, back in June. HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THIS BABY GORILLA.

Photo: Tim Ehhalt for the Appeal

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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