Superstition rules the ravens’ roost at the Tower of London, where it has long been believed that if the ravens ever leave the edifice, the Crown and all of Britain will fall.
The myth dates back to the 17th century, when King Charles II declared that ravens must be permanently kept at the tower. Ever since, at least six black birds are kept captive at the tower to prevent any potential downfall of the country.
The tower avians also please the thousands of tourists who visit the historic landmark daily. Don’t feel sorry for the birds, however; they are well-fed and receive better care than just about any other birds in England. The feathered guardians of Britain eat 170 grams of raw meat a day and are fed blood-soaked biscuits as a treat.
The birds’ wings are clipped, but they have plenty of food, water, and tower green to move about on as they perform their crucial duty. Their open cages are next to the Wakefield Tower, along with historical information plaques and signs about these winged protectors of Britain.