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<pre><pre>Bird expert has very first & # 39; tame & # 39; ravens for the Tower of London

Bird expert raises the very first & # 39; tame & # 39; ravens in front of the Tower of London to prevent them from flying away (and the age-old legend risk the kingdom falling)

  • There are normally six ravens plus a reserve at the Tower of London landmark
  • Legend has it that the tower & # 39; will fall & # 39; if fewer than six ravens have never been left behind
  • Mike Keen, 49, helps raise the first tame raven chicks hatched at the tower
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A bird expert hopes the first generation of & # 39; tame & # 39; Raise Tower of London ravens – to prevent them from flying away and fulfilling an old legend.

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Legend has it that the & # 39; tower and the kingdom will fall & # 39; if fewer than six ravens are ever left at the historic site.

There are normally six ravens plus a reserve at the tower – but they all have their wings to prevent them from flying away.

Mike Keen (49) helps educate the very first chicks hatched in the tower in the hope that they don't need to have their wings cut and will stay happy

Now Mike Keen (49) is helping to raise the very first chicks that have arrived at the Tower in the hope that they don't need to have their wings clipped and won't fly away and risk the age-old legend.

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It is hoped that the breeding program will guarantee the future of the birds and will allow other generations to follow the bloodline of the ravens.

Raven expert and café owner Mike said: & It is a big responsibility to keep these birds safe, so they now live in my bedroom. & # 39;

The enthusiastic animal lover has had an adult raven for pets, called Grippe, for the past 14 months, and during that time he started contacting fellow raven owners.

He said: & # 39; The community is very close and not very large.

& # 39; I started on Instagram with Chris Skaife, Tower of London & Ravenmaster, and he is probably the most important raven keeper in the community.

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& # 39; I showed him pictures of Grippe, and he came to meet her and said that she is the tamest raven he has ever met. & # 39;

Grippe spends most of the day on café boss Mike and can fly around freely in the pub's beer garden.

Chris has ambitions to be able to trace the bloodline of the ravens that live in the Tower of London and to create a breeding program.

Legend has it that the & # 39; tower and the kingdom will fall & # 39; if fewer than six ravens are ever left at the historic site

Ravens are the traditional guardians of the ancient walls of the Tower of London
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Ravens are the traditional guardians of the ancient walls of the Tower of London

Ravens are the traditional guardians of the ancient walls of the Tower of London

Nobody knows how long there have been ravens in the Tower, but Charles II would have said in the 17th century that if there were ever fewer than six, a major disaster would fall on the Kingdom.

Mike, who has worked as a chef and bar manager throughout his career, said: & We wanted people to be able to correctly trace the bloodline and generations in the future.

& # 39; That's why we wanted to create a real tower family. & # 39;

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Last weekend, Mike took three chicks from the tower of the tower and brought them back to his pub in Suffolk to raise them with more space.

The chicks were the first to be born at the Tower in 30 years, Mike says earlier: & # 39; Mostly substitute ravens were wild or rescue birds. & # 39;

There are normally six ravens plus a reserve at the tower – but they have all cut their wings to prevent them from flying away

Grippe spends most of the day on café boss Mike and can fly around freely in the pub's beer garden

Grippe spends most of the day on café boss Mike and can fly around freely in the pub's beer garden

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Grippe spends most of the day on café boss Mike and can fly around freely in the pub's beer garden

Seven ravens are currently living in the Tower of London, if one of them were to die or be retired – the birds Mike takes care of will replace them.

He said: & # 39; The babies & # 39; s are huge, my Grippe is about 1.3 kg but at four weeks of age these chicks are almost as big.

& # 39; They are getting huge, they can't even move well because their wings can't bear their weight.

& # 39; They are in my bedroom right now because they are only 10 weeks old, they can't move well.

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& # 39; At the moment they are fed raw liver, scrambled eggs and raw chicken about 5 times a day.

& # 39; Once these ravens are old enough, hopefully they will live in the beer garden and grab leftovers, hopefully not the Sunday of people while they are eating. & # 39;

Mike admits that there is a lot of pressure to keep these ravens safe, so he will keep the congress in a secure aviary, equipped with alarms and CCTV.

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What is the legend of the Tower of London ravens?

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Ravens are the traditional guardians of the ancient walls of the Tower of London.

According to popular belief, John Flamsteed (1646 – 1719), the & # 39; astronomical observer & # 39; complained to King Charles 11 those ravens interfered with his observations.

It is said that the king then ordered their destruction to be told only by the astronomer that if the ravens left the tower, the white tower would fall and a major disaster befell the kingdom.

The king changed his mind and ordered that at least six ravens be kept in the tower at all times to prevent disaster.

Many centuries and kings and queens have since passed. All monarchs have ensured that ravens are imprisoned in the tower as Charles II wished.

Ravens are the traditional guardians of the ancient walls of the Tower of London
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Ravens are the traditional guardians of the ancient walls of the Tower of London

Ravens are the traditional guardians of the ancient walls of the Tower of London

To prevent the birds from flying away, the ravenmaster cuts their collection feathers.

The procedure in no way hurts them; it simply disrupts their flight so that they do not stray from the Tower.

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