First raven chicks born at Tower of London in 30 years

Birds

Four chicks were born at the Tower of London on St. George's Day

Friday, May 17, 2019

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

The historic landmark welcomed the four new birds after they were hatched by parents Huginn and Muninn on St. George's Day.

Yeoman Warder Chris Skaife has been working with the birds for the last 13 years as Ravenmaster at the Tower of London.

He said: "Having worked with the ravens here at the Tower and getting to know each of them, I feel like a proud father.

Yeoman Warder Chris Skaife has been working as ravenmaster at the Tower for the last 13 years

 "My suspicions were first piqued that we might have a chance of baby chicks when the parents built a huge nest suddenly overnight and then almost immediately the female bird started to sit on it.

"It has only been this week that I've been able to get up close and see for myself that they have four healthy chicks, as I hadn't wanted to disturb them too much.”

The chicks join seven other ravens residing at the Tower which legend has it would damage both the Tower and the Kingdom should they ever leave.

Over the past three weeks the chicks have quadrupled in size and live off a diet of quail, mice and rats.

Only one of the chicks will remain at the Tower, it will be called George or Georgina after the day they were born.

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