Saturday, January 22, 2011

Camera Critters, #146 - Raven at theTower of London - January 22, 2011

At least six ravens are kept at the Tower of London because, according to legend,
their presence keeps the great White Tower from crumbling and it prevents a terrible
disaster from happening to England. 

At the expense of the government, a ravenmaster cares for these birds which
can live up to 25 years, sometimes longer.  He keeps the newborns in his home for
six weeks, caring for them.  The birds have one wing clipped so they cannot
abandon the kingdom, tempting disaster!

King Charles II ( 1630 - 1685 ) decreed the ravens should be kept at the Tower of

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  1. That is great, but wonder this applies to other tower or not.

  2. I have been to see them. There were many more than that! Glad England is being kept safe because of the ravens.
    Beautiful post.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  3. Do you know the difference between ravens and crows? I've always wondered.

  4. I had heard of this before, but had forgotten about it.
    Ravens are one of the most important totems of the Haida people in British Columbia.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  5. I never knew this fact, Carmen! I hope to visit England next year.

  6. 25 years! I had no idea they lived that long!

  7. Anonymous6:59 PM

    Wow, You're so knowledgeable.
    If disaster looms do the birds go raven mad?

    All the best, Boonie