Rare Lynx Cubs Born in Spain
Iberian Lynx is world's most endangered cat
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 20, 2009 10:59 AM CDT
An Iberian Lynx, the world's most endangered cat, is seen in this file photo.   (Programa de Conservaci?n Ex-situ del Lince Ib?rico www.lynxexsitu.es)

(Newser) – Officials say three endangered Iberian lynx cubs have been born in a nature reserve in southern Spain. The Iberian lynx is the world's most endangered cat, and the cubs were part of a breeding program in Andalusia's Donana National Park. The regional environmental department says the cubs born Wednesday bring the total born to 27 since the program started in 2005.

The Iberian lynx looks like a bobcat with dark fur on its ears. The World Conservation Union classifies it as the most endangered feline species, because of habitat loss, poisoning, road casualties, and poaching. The department said about 200 live wild in Andalusia and 50 more in captivity. Last week, a pregnant lynx was found dead after being shot and run over.