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Tower of London raven missing, feared dead

Tower of London raven missing, feared dead”

One of the ravens is thought to have died and, as a result, Brits are panicking (Credit: Alisdair Macdonald/Shutterstock) So what has happened to the ravens at the Tower of London?

Six are needed at the tower to ensure the kingdom doesn't fall (Credit: Unsplash) What is the legend surrounding the Tower of London ravens? Her master, Chris Skaife, fears that she has ascended to heaven for good.

The Tower of London, where the Crown Jewels are stored, sent a statement reassuring the British: "We now have seven ravens here at the Tower, one more than the six required".

Merlina, described by the Tower as the "undisputed ruler of the roost", was last seen at the historic palace by the River Thames several weeks ago.

According to the BBC, Charles II is believed to have been the first monarch to officially decree that the birds must be kept at the Tower at all times.

"Her continued absence indicates to us that she may have sadly passed away", the tower said.

Even if she sometimes took the loose, she had until now always joined her congeners Poppy, Erin, Jubilee, Rocky, Harris, Gripp, and Georgia.

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The authorities are hopeful that a new chick will arrive soon as part of their breeding program and that the raven "will be up to the formidable challenge of continuing" the much-loved bird's legacy.

Although Brits aren't so sure. It is one of the world's top tourist attractions, with more than 3 million visitors every year in non-coronavirus times.

Skaife, a former staff sergeant and drum major in the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, faced an unprecedented challenge entertaining the Tower's celebrated avian residents during the coronavirus lockdown past year.

Skaife, who has raven tattoos on his calves and lives within the tower's walls, has said in previous interviews that the raven myth was actually invented by the tower itself in the 1880s as a marketing ploy.

"If it is an omen, it's a bit late", said one Brit on Twitter.

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