In a surprising development, the official of the Tower of London said that a raven is missing and feared dead, but her master has maintained that there are still seven other ravens, preventing the fall of the British Kingdom. Raven Merlina has been missing since Christmas and the “free-spirited” has not been seen at the tower for the past few weeks, according to the tower staff.
Legends have that if any of the ravens leave the tower, both the kingdom and tower will suffer. However, the raven master at the tower, Yeoman Warder Chris Skaife, has put his mind to rest. He said, “Just before Christmas, before we went into the lockdown, we were putting the ravens to bed, and she didn’t come back.
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In 2007, Merlina joined the flock but now has been missing. A spokesperson of the tower said that Merlina’s continued absence means that she may have passed away. The local media reported that Skaife stated that he is going to take some time off to mourn the missing raven. In a statement on social media, he said, “I know so many of you lovely folk will be saddened by this news.”
Besides, the tower stated that they have no immediate plan to replace Merlina. It is said that Charles the second was the first person to order that the ravens must always be kept at the tower. But when the number of ravens at the tower fell, Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered that the flock must be increased to at least six ravens.
Two years ago, following the warning from the Historic Royal Palaces that the breeding of the birds was becoming difficult, the tower launched a breeding program. Last year, the tower of London welcomed raven chicks for the first time thirty years.
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