Did you know that there are between 2 million and 8 million animal species in the world? You wouldn't have a hard time believing it if you saw all the animal pictures that are taken by photographers around the world each day.

Animals never cease to amaze us, make us laugh, feel fear or just go "awwww." Here are some of the KidsPost staff's favorite animal pictures. We've written captions for all but one of them. We'd like you to write your own caption for the elephant picture. Send it to us at KidsPost, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. Or e-mail us at kidspost@washpost.com (put "Animal" in the subject line). We'll publish some of our favorites in a future KidsPost.

Take the picture already, I want to eat this! Actually, Jake is balancing the burger as part of heads-up training to swim San Francisco Bay. He swam it last month in 41 minutes 45 seconds, coming in 72nd among 500 swimmers. He was the only dog in the race.

Here's looking at you, kid: This 17-year-old white alligator was one of 18 found in Louisiana swamps. Its blue eyes are a giveaway that it is not an albino.

To scream for: A monkey bites into a

frozen treat at the Tianjin Zoo in China.

A swan dive: A polar bear jumps

into the water over a cub at the zoo

in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Tigger and Piglet? A piglet snuggles with a tiger at a zoo in Bangkok, Thailand. The zoo is trying to teach domestic and wild animals to live together peacefully.

Let's kiss and make up: Two peacocks (actually the correct term for a female is a peahen, but it's hard to tell who's who in this picture) peck at each other in Warsaw, Poland.

An oldie but goodie: A newly born Jackson's chameleon rests on its dad's horns in the serpentaria at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, in 2002.

I want a 10-speed for my birthday: Monkeys put on a show for tourists as part of a festival in China.