Charity that runs Tower of London spent £350K over final 5 years caring for its well-known ravens – together with £157K on a brand new enclosure, figures present
- Historic Royal Palaces have spent £350,000 on ravens during the last 5 years
- The charity spent £157,000 of this on an enclosure for the Tower of London birds
- Freedom of Data request revealed how a lot was spent on the ravens
- Final month it was reported the Queen raven had gone lacking and feared lifeless
A charity answerable for the Tower of London has spent £350,000 during the last 5 years caring for the resident ravens, a freedom of knowledge request has revealed.
Historic Royal Palaces, which takes care of the Tower in addition to Hampton Court docket Palace, Banqueting Home, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Citadel, can be answerable for the administration of the Tower’s ravens.
£157,000 of the overall spent was used to put in a brand new enclosure to maintain the birds in throughout the evening, the Sunday Instances experiences.
Regardless of the funding, solely seven ravens stay on the Tower of London after one hen, Merlina, went lacking in January and is feared lifeless.
Historic Royal Palaces which is answerable for the Tower of London has spent £350,000 during the last 5 years caring for the resident ravens, a freedom of knowledge request has revealed
Laura Hutchinson, a spokeswoman for the Tower, mentioned that there’s presently a breeding pair which ‘would possibly produce some extra raven infants this 12 months’.
Based on legend, each the dominion and the Tower of London will fall ought to the variety of ravens housed within the Tower fall to beneath six.
Charles II is believed to have been the primary to insist that the ravens of the Tower be protected after he was warned the crown and the Tower itself would fall in the event that they left.
Nonetheless, Hutchinson mentioned that regardless of ravenmaster Christopher Skaife having been positioned on furlough, a workforce of wardens has been caring for the animals.
The ravens of the Tower of London are fed mice, chicks, rats and a choice of different uncooked meats – and sometimes a biscuit soaked in blood.
The ravens are free to roam the Tower precincts throughout the day and preside over 4 totally different territories inside the Tower’s partitions. The birds are skilled to solely reply to the ravenmaster Christopher Skaife (pictured)
Final month it was reported that Merline, dubbed the ‘Queen raven’, was lacking from the Tower and is feared to be lifeless.
She flew off one evening shortly earlier than Christmas for her night constitutional and, to the shock and dismay of Christopher Skaife, Yeoman Warder Ravenmaster on the Tower of London, she by no means got here again.
Talking final month, Skaife mentioned: ‘We had a particular relationship. I used to be her human buddy. She all the time knew the place I used to be and saved her eye on me.
‘We used a particular clicking noise — like a knock-knocking sound. So she’d chat with me and permit me to stroke her beak.
£157,000 of the overall spent was used to put in a brand new enclosure to maintain the birds in throughout the evening
‘She was fairly affectionate. I might by no means use the time period ‘favorite’, however, nicely… I do have a tattoo of her on my calf.’
This isn’t the primary time catastrophe that the variety of ravens housed within the Tower has fallen dangerously low.
Throughout World Warfare II, simply three — Mabel, Grip and Pauline — survived the bombing. However Pauline was killed quickly afterwards and the opposite two died mysteriously, inflicting Winston Churchill to hurriedly order the flock again to full measurement.
In 2013, two Tower ravens had been killed by a purple fox that managed to infiltrate the grounds, and since Chris Skaife took over, one raven known as Munin escaped, however was captured by a member of the general public and swiftly returned.
The ravens of the Tower of London
It’s mentioned that the dominion and the Tower of London will fall if the six resident ravens ever depart the fortress.
There are presently seven ravens housed on the Tower: Jubilee, Harris, Gripp, Rocky, Erin, Poppy and Merlina.
Nonetheless, final month it was reported that Merlina, dubbed the Queen raven, had gone lacking from the Tower simply earlier than Christmas and has not been seen since.
Charles II is believed to have been the primary to insist that the ravens of the Tower be protected after he was warned that the crown and the Tower itself would fall in the event that they left.
The King’s order was given in opposition to the desires of his astronomer, John Flamsteed, who complained the ravens impeded the enterprise of his observatory within the White Tower.
The ravens are free to roam the Tower precincts throughout the day and preside over 4 totally different territories inside the Tower’s partitions.
The birds are skilled to solely reply to the ravenmaster Christopher Skaife – who’s presently on furlough.
The ravens are fed twice a day dine on a particular eating regimen of mice, chicks, rats and diverse uncooked meats. As a particular deal with, they’re given biscuits soaked in blood.
Supply: Historic Royal Palaces