As Halloween draws near, you will see more ravens. Like ghosts, witches, owls, werewolves,vampires they are perceived as evil and or spooky.
I can understand why, at one time they ate the corpses of fallen soldiers left in ancient battlefields. Even enjoyed an eyeball or two. Then there is Edgar Allen Poe and the Raven. However writing about why ravens are perceived as evil is another blog topic. I prefer to see them in a positive light and so I will focus on the Tower of London Ravens.
I just returned from the Tower of London after interviewing a Tower Raven, named Cedric. Let's find out more about this odd piece of British History.
Eva: Who takes care of you and the others in the flock?
Cedric: The Ravenmaster, also known as a Yeoman Warder. He makes sure we are fed, our cages cleaned and we have all day to do as we please on the grounds. At dusk we return to our mews, usually without protests since at night there are the dangers of fox and cats. After all our wings are clipped so there is no escape.
C: The post of Ravenmaster only goes back about 40 years. Before that, they were called Yeoman Quartermasters. We have always lived in and around the Tower of London. Our free cousins laugh at us because we are never too far. Even during battles. Humans worry too much, though we don’t mind war too much because it means more meat.
E: How many ravens are there in your flock?