Kingdom saved from ruination after ravens born at Tower of London


Blackleaf
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Raven chicks have been born at the Tower of London for the first time in 30 years.

The four new arrivals began hatching on St George's Day following the arrival of breeding pair Huginn and Muninn at the end of last year.

The Tower usually has six ravens at any time and, according to legend, if they ever leave both the fortress and the kingdom will fall.


Tower of London welcomes first raven chicks in 30 years

17 May 2019
BBC News


The raven chicks began hatching on St George's Day

Raven chicks have been born at the Tower of London for the first time in 30 years.

The four new arrivals began hatching on St George's Day following the arrival of breeding pair Huginn and Muninn at the end of last year.

The Tower usually has six ravens at any time and, according to legend, if they ever leave both the fortress and the kingdom will fall.

Ravenmaster Yeoman Warder Chris Skaife said he felt "like a proud father".


It is not known when ravens first started living at the Tower

It is not known how long ravens have lived at the Tower but it is thought Charles II was the first to insist there must be at least six.

There are currently seven based at the 1,000-year-old fortress, not including the new family.


The chicks are fed at least every two hours in the weeks after they hatch


It takes a year for a raven chick's beak to turn from pink to black

Since the birds began hatching on 23 April, they have quadrupled in size from about 3in to more than 12in in height, having been fed on a diet of quail, mice and rats.

One of the chicks is set remain at the Tower and will be called either George or Georgina because of the date the hatching began.

The Tower's ravens



The first and last raven to be hatched and live at the Tower was named Ronald Raven following a Blue Peter competition in 1989

The Tower's current birds are called Erin, Jubilee, Harris, Poppy, Gripp, Rocky and Merlina

The oldest raven to live at the fortress was born in 1884 and reached the grand old age of 44

Charles II's insistence that the birds must always be at the Tower did not please everyone - astronomer John Flamsteed complained they got in the way of his work in the observatory in the White Tower

Historically, ravens were kept at the Tower by lightly trimming feathers although this method is not currently used where possible

Not all of the Tower's ravens have remained - one named Munin flew off to Greenwich for seven days before being returned. Another named George was dismissed for eating TV aerials, while Grog was last seen outside an East End pub

Source: Historic Royal Palaces


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48308322
 
Hoid
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I got a book at christmas by the ravenmaster of the tower.


still haven't read it, but I will
 
Curious Cdn
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Never more.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

I got a book at christmas by the ravenmaster of the tower.
still haven't read it, but I will

Here he is wearing his civvies being interviewed about his new babies:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKG6YRG0s_8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGduSbek-b4
 
coldstream
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I saw tv piece on the ravens a little while ago. They clip the birds' flight feathers which means they can't fly. But they are very domesticated. One of them jumped up on one of the Yeomen in his guardhouse and snuggled up for a nap. I guess the Kingdom's safe for another (bird) generation .. unless Western Civilization collapses around it.
Last edited by coldstream; May 19th, 2019 at 01:54 PM..
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by coldstream View Post

I saw tv piece on the ravens a little while ago. They clip the birds flight feathers which means they can't fly. But they are very domesticated. One of them jumped up on one of the Yoemen in his guardhouse and snuggled up for a nap. I guess the Kingdom's safe for another (bird) generation .. unless Western Civilization collapses around it.

They're very intelligent birds.
 

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