Julia Kligman

Ferreting Out an Unlikely Friendship

There’s no doubting that a multi-pet household comes with plenty of challenges, from vet bills and vacation time to just finding some peace and quiet in your home. But for as many cats and dogs living in harmony, the third most popular category of pets in the U.S. lays low and burrows under the radar.…

The Most Valuable Pearl in the World

The coveted pearl has been prevalent in human history since ancient Egypt and Rome, and has since remained a prized gem. Yet unlike its valuable counterparts such as gold, rubies, and diamonds, pearls are a precious jewel created by a living animal. Its formation is hypothesized, but the definitive process remains a mystery as the…

This Pot-Bellied Pig and Tabby Cat Are Best Friends

Vice President of the North American Pot Bellied Pig Association Anna Key wasn’t sure how her beloved pig, Ellie, would react after she brought a kitten into the mix. A year after she adopted Ellie, Anna was riding her bike when she found a kitten abandoned in a pile of trash. She rescued the lone…

Winter Comes Early on Life Below Zero

Life Below Zero returns as an early winter forces Alaskans to go head-to-head with Mother Nature to hunt, gather, and preserve their ability to survive in their corner of the Arctic as the dark, bitter cold closes in. Each day brings snow and dropping temperatures, forcing even the most seasoned bush dwellers to prepare before…

We Traveled to 22 Countries to Ask One Question: Who Is God?

We visited 22 countries around the globe to ask everyday people six big questions. Who is God? What happens after we die? Where do we come from? Where does evil come from? Do you believe in miracles? How will the world end? In the Street Spirituality web series, people from all walks of life share…

8 Classic Photos to Get You in the Springtime Spirit

Spring in the northern hemisphere officially begins this Sunday, March 20th—coinciding with International Happiness Day! In celebration of blossoming flowers, fresh air, and sunshine during the warmer months ahead, enjoy some of our favorite springtime memories from National Geographic Magazine issues of the past century: From 1972: A robin guards its nest within the branches…

The Pill: Newfound Power for a Generation of Women

Just one medication is so prevalent that it is dubbed simply “The Pill”—it was referred to as the key to liberation (Loretta Lynn’s 1975 song), listed as of one of the seven wonders of the modern world (The Economist, 1993), named a driving force behind women overtaking men in professional roles in the U.S. (Forbes,…

Channeling Your Inner Alpha Dog

Dogs are incredibly in sync with their human owners’ needs, emotions and habits—so much so that we think of them as family members—no different than humans. While we personify our furry friends, however, it doesn’t cross our minds that they could be thinking of us as dogs. Yet research suggests that dogs consider us members of…

Why Do Cats and Tigers Love Boxes So Much?

If the Internet-cats of the world have taught us anything, it’s domesticated cats’ affinity for boxes. Despite their fickleness as felines, cats will generally apply the,“If it fits, I sits” principle to any available container–be it suitcases, a warm computer, shopping bags or the occasional sink–but never abandon any housecat’s steadfast favorite, the humble cardboard…

Little Terrier, Big Attitude: Cesar Millan to the Rescue

Tonight on Cesar 911: Simon Strikes Again, Cesar Millan works to tame a ferocious French Bulldog/Terrier mix turning a foster home for dogs into a hazard, and later, a Tibetan Terrier who is pushing his owners’ marriage to the limit. Case File: Simon Cesar first rushes to the aid of Jody and Sue, owners of…