According to staff, the Tower of London’s “queen” raven Merlina has not been seen for several weeks and is feared to be dead.
Merlina joined the flock in 2007 and she “was our undisputed ruler of the roost, queen of the Tower ravens” said a spokesman from the Tower of London.
“She will be greatly missed by her fellow ravens, the ravenmaster, and all of us in the Tower community” he added.
The Tower usually has six ravens at any time and, according to legend, if they ever leave then both the fortress and the kingdom will fall.
There are currently seven in residence and Tower of London staff said that they have no immediate plans to replace Merlina.
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