Half a dozen ravens dwell in the Tower of London, and apparently there’s a darn good reason for it:
Legend says that the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress.
It was Charles II, according to the stories, who first insisted that the ravens of the Tower should be protected.
This was against the wishes of his astronomer, John Flamsteed, who complained that the ravens impeded the business of his observatory in the White Tower.
Mr Flamsteed, of course, was overruled.
A Raven Master is assigned to the birds; each day he feeds them “170g of raw meat a day, plus bird biscuits soaked in blood.” Tourists are advised not to offer them anything.