Your morning adorable: Baby gorilla Hasani and his adoptive mom make debut at San Francisco Zoo
Zoo staff stepped in to help when Hasani's birth mother, Monifa, rejected him -- and while they were hand-raising the baby, they were also teaching Bawang valuable gorilla-parenting skills. Bawang took over Hasani's care in late April, and the pair made their public debut in the zoo's Jones Family Gorilla Preserve last week.
Hasani means "handsome" in Swahili; it was selected in March through a baby-naming contest held by the zoo. He's the first of his critically endangered species born at the zoo in 11 years. More photos of baby and new mother after the jump!
-- Lindsay Barnett
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