Ravens are leaving the Tower of London

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Ravens at the Tower of London are leaving the historical landmark in search of food due to a shortage of visitors during coronavirus lockdown. 

According to legends if six ravens permanently leave the capital’s visitor attraction the kingdom, the crown and the building itself will fall. 

A raven master, who is in charge of looking after the flock, said two birds have already been venturing away to search. 

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Christopher Skaife urged the public to visit to ensure the birds do not leave for good. 

Since its reopening last month, the Tower of London saw about 800 guests a day instead of its usual summer visiting figures of over 15,000.

Mr Skaife told The Sun that he has been urging the beefeaters who guard the site to feed them leftovers. 

He said: “If the ravens were to leave, the Tower would crumble to dust.

“The Tower is only the Tower when the people are here.

At the moment seven ravens call the Tower of London home.

“The ravens have always been so important to the Tower because myths and legends have invested them.

“We need people back to help the ravens.”

Mr Skaife bought teddies, footballs and squeaky dog toys in a bid to entertain the current group of ravens who are called Jubilee, Harris, Gripp, Rocky, Erin, Poppy and Merlina.

He said they were “bored and lonely” as they couldn’t engage with the people or rummage through rubbish bins. 

“Never in a raven’s history have we seen fewer people in the Tower of London,” he told The Sun

“Even during World War Two, there were still hundreds in and around.”

He added: “It’s been tough because the ravens only saw one warden or me walking by throughout the lockdown. They depend on tourists.”

King Charles II commanded ravens be kept at the Tower, according to legend, after he was warned that if they ever left “the kingdom will fall”.

Some historians, however, have disputed this and have said that the tale was made for entertainment.