Because we are never more than a couple hundred yards from nature here in San Francisco, there seems to be no shortage of adorable creatures around town, both wild and domesticated. Unfortunately, the first use of our adorable things tag in 2012 was to mourn the loss of one of Dianne Feinstein's baby bison back in January, but after that it was all coyotes, cygnets, coots and cuteness — with a couple of aquatic mammals thrown in for good measure. Here's a squee-inducing look back at the animals we loved in 2012.

Play us out, Glen Park Coyote: