WATCH: First Eurasion Lynx born in Spanish Pyrenees for more than a century

Officially extinct in the region for more than a century, a Eurasion Lynx has been born in the Catalan Pyrenees.

WATCH: First Eurasion Lynx born in Spanish Pyrenees for more than a century
The male lynx cub is the first of its species to be born in the Spanish pyrenees in more than a century. Photo: Fundación Catalunya La Pedrera

The male cub arrived “unexpectedly” on May 28, taking rangers at the Fundación Catalunya La Pedrera completely by surprise, the trust said in a statement on Wednesday.


The newest arrival was born to a pair of Eurasion lynx that have been at the conservation centre for 11 years, having been transferred from a zoo in Galicia in 2008 after being bred in captivity.

La Pedrera released a video of the cub exploring its habitat under the watchful eye of its mother.

Although the Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) has been brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to a breeding programme in the south of Spain, the larger Eurasion Lynx (Lynx Lynx) had died out in the wilds of Spain a hundred years ago after being hunted to extinction.

Europe’s third largest predator after beers and wolves, Eurasian lynx were once prevalent across much of Western Europe.

The animals have been reintroduced into wild pockets of the Alps and now have populations thriving in Switzerland, France and Germany as well as Italy and across central and northern Europe.

There is even talk of reintroducing them in Scotland.

READ MORE: How Spain brought the Iberian Lynx back from the brink of extinction

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Norwegian battery start-up Freyr demands subsidies to complete factory

The Freyr battery start-up has halted construction of its Giga Arctic factory and demanded additional government subsidies, Norway's state broadcaster NRK has reported.

Norwegian battery start-up Freyr demands subsidies to complete factory

Jan Arve Haugan, the company’s operations director, told the broadcaster that the company would not order any more equipment until Norway’s government committed to further subsidies. 

“We are holding back further orders for prefabricated steel and concrete pending clarification on further progress,” he said. “We are keen to move forward, but we have to respect that there is a political process going on, and we have expectations that words will be put into action.” 

Freyr in April 2019 announced its plans to build the 17 billion kroner Giga Arctic in Mo i Rana, and has so far received 4 billion kroner in loans and loan guarantees from the Norwegian government. It has already started construction and hopes to complete the build by 2024-2025. 

Haugan said that the enormous subsidies for green industry in the Inflation Reduction Act voted through in the US in 2022 had changed the playing field for companies like Freyr, meaning Norway would need to increase the level of subsidies if the project was to be viable. 

Freyr in December announced plans for Giga America, a $1.3bn facility which it plans to build in Coweta, Georgia.   

“What the Americans have done, which is completely exceptional, is to provide very solid support for the renewable industry,” Haugen said. “This changes the framework conditions for a company like Freyr, and we have to take that into account.” 

Jan Christian Vestre, Norway’s industry minister, said that the government was looking at what actions to take to counter the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act, but said he was unwilling to get drawn into a subsidy battle with the US. 

“The government is working on how to upgrade our instruments and I hope that we will have further clarifications towards the summer,” he said.

“We are not going to imitate the Americans’ subsidy race. We have never competed in Norway to be the cheapest or most heavily subsidised. We have competed on competence, Norwegian labour, clean and affordable energy and being world champions in high productivity.”