Three Raven Chicks Hatched At The Tower Of London

By Lydia Manch Last edited 9 months ago
Three Raven Chicks Hatched At The Tower Of London

There's a traditional belief which runs that the kingdom will be safe as long as there are ravens guarding the Tower of London — last tested in 1946, when there were four months without any ravens on site. In recent years there's always been a minimum of six ravens at the Tower at any time, cared for by the Tower's Ravenmaster, Chris Skaife.

Guardians of the realm?

And some new guardians of the realm have just been born, with three raven chicks hatched at the Tower of London during lockdown. The offspring of Tower ravens Huginn and Muninn, the chicks hatched early in April, giving some extra security to the Tower Ravens' bloodline. Good omens or not, they're pretty damn cute — though they should quadruple in size in coming weeks on a steady diet of rats, mice and varied other meats.

No word on names yet... fingers crossed for a public vote, and the inevitable Birdy McBirdface.

Read more about the Tower of London's history here and see a snippet of footage from the Tower's Ravenmaster here.

Last Updated 25 April 2020