Raven chicks were born at the Tower of London on St. Georg’s Day for the first time in thirty years.
Usually considered as birds of bad omen, Ravens at the Tower of London are auspicious and part of several myths and legends surrounding the history of the tower. The first presence of the Ravens on the tower of London is unknown. As legend has it, the future of the country and the kingdom relies on the residence of the Ravens in the tower, otherwise the tower and the monarchy will be jeopardized in their absence.
Along with seven other ravens that stay at present at the tower, parents Huginn and Muninn welcomed four chicks who began to hatch on St George’s Day. Allegedly one of the four chicks will stay at the tower. Since that chick began to hatch on St George’s Day, it will be named George or Georgina.
Yeoman Warder Chris Skaife, who has served as the Raven master at the Tower of London for the past thirteen years said he anticipated birth of baby chicks, when the parents suddenly built a nest overnight and the female bird began to stay in it. “Then on the 23 April I noticed the birds going to the nest with food, however 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,” he added.
Owning to his long service at the tower and a yearlong service as raven master, Skaife said he “feels like a proud father.”
Here goes the legend about the Ravens at Tower of London: the Royal Observatory was housed for the first time in the north eastern turret of the White Tower. John Flamsteed who was the ‘astronomical observator’ then complained to King Charles II that the birds were interfering with his observations. Charles II therefore ordered their destruction, he was however told that if the ravens left the Tower, the White Tower would fall and a great disaster would befall the Kingdom. It was then that the King changed his mind and decreed that at least six ravens should be kept at the Tower at all times to prevent any disaster.