Tower of London raven chicks first time since 1989.
Four raven chicks have hatched at the Tower of London for the first time since 1989.
The parents, named Huginn and Muninn, saw their four healthy chicks begin to hatch on St George’s Day last month.
Each chick measured around 8cm, but have quadrupled in size in just three weeks, currently standing at 30cm tall.
Seven other ravens also reside at the Tower.
Ravens have long been associated with the world-famous landmark. Legend goes that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, both the Tower and the Kingdom will suffer.
Yeoman Warder Chris Skaife, Raven master at the Tower of London, has worked with the ravens for the last 13 years.
He said: “My suspicions were first piqued that we might have a chance of baby chicks when the parents built a huge nest suddenly overnight and then almost immediately the female bird started to sit on it.
“Then on the 23 April I noticed the birds going to the nest with food, however it has only been this week that I’ve been able to get up close and see for myself that they have four healthy chicks, as I hadn’t wanted to disturb them too much.
“Having worked with the ravens here at the Tower for the last 13 years and getting to know each of them, I feel like a proud father!”
The chicks survive on a varied diet of quail, mice and rats.
One of the chicks will stay at the Tower, and having begun to hatch on St George’s Day, that chick will be named George or Georgina.