A pair of ravens in the Tower of London have produced a pair of chicks and the public are being asked to name them.
It is the third year in a row ravens Huginn and Muninn have given birth to offspring and the healthy chicks are getting specially looked after.
According to the Tower of London “Ravenmaster” Chris Skaife is caring for the fledgling birds, which he says were “far more than expected.”
The new arrivals take the number of resident ravens to nine which means sufficient numbers are being maintained.
A spokesman for the Tower of London said: “We will be welcoming two of them to join the Tower’s legendary corvid community.
“Our new arrivals will take the total number of resident ravens to a reassuring nine, three more than the required minimum of six.”
Ravenmaster Chris has already named one of the new baby boy’s raven Edgar, in honour of Edgar Allan Poe, the poet and author of ‘The Raven’.
But the tower have now asked for help in naming its other new female recruits
It’s website says: “We need you to help us #NameOurRaven!
“Vote for your favourite name from Ravenmaster Chris’s shortlist of names, drawn from history, mythology, and famous tales from the Tower’s past.”
Among the names the public can choose from are five names which each have links to mythology and royal history.
They include: Matilda: Named after fearsome medieval monarch Empress Matilda, who battled her cousin Stephen of Blois over her claim to the English throne in the 1130s and 40s
Branwen is the deity from Celtic mythology, whose name translates as ‘Blessed Raven.
Bronte is a tribute to the 19th-century literary legends the Brontë sisters, who authored some of Britain’s best-loved Gothic novels including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights..
Winifred named after Winifred Maxwell, Countess of Nithsdale, remembered for plotting her husband Lord Nithsdale’s incredible escape from the Tower in 1716 disguised as a woman.
While the option Florence is in memory of Florence Nightingale the pioneering British nurse and social reformer.
Florence is also the namesake of the UK’s NHS Nightingale critical care hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Current Tower ravens are named Jubilee, Harris, Gripp, Rocky, Erin, Poppy and Georgie – all are said to have their own personality.
The intelligent birds can mimic sounds, play games and solve problems.
The legend of the Tower ravens states: “It is said that the kingdom and the Tower of London will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress.
A spokesman said: “There are seven ravens at the Tower today — the required six, plus one spare!”