A person of the Tower of London’s ravens, the conspiracy of birds whose destiny is mentioned to be intertwined with that of Britain, is lacking, feared lifeless, the royal palace mentioned Thursday.

“We have some genuinely unsatisfied news to share,” the Tower announced on its web-site.

“Our a lot-beloved raven Merlina has not been noticed at the Tower for many months, and her continued absence implies to us that she may possibly have sadly handed absent,” it additional.

According to folklore, if there are less than six ravens still left to guard the Tower, equally the kingdom and country will collapse.

But Yeoman Warder Ravenmaster Chris Skaife, who appears to be immediately after the birds, confident nervous Britons by now battered by the coronavirus pandemic and the Brexit divorce that the country was risk-free – for now.

“Definitely, as the ravenmaster, my concern is searching soon after the kingdom,” he told BBC radio.

“But we do have seven ravens right here at the Tower of London, six by royal decree and of training course I nevertheless have a spare one, so we’re Ok at the moment.”

The decree, purportedly issued in the 17th century, said there will have to be 6 on website at any one time.

Skaife instructed AFP in an job interview in Oct very last calendar year he usually keeps two as “spares,” “just in circumstance,” and that Merlina was his favored.

Merlina, described by the Tower as the “undisputed ruler of the roost,” was very last witnessed at the historic palace by the River Thames a number of weeks ago.

“Just in advance of Xmas, before we went into the lockdown, we were placing the ravens to mattress, and she failed to appear back,” stated Skaife.

He explained Merlina as a “free-spirited raven that has been identified to go away the Tower precincts on many occasions.”

On the other hand, he added, “she typically will come again to us, but this time she did not so I do dread that she is not with us anymore.”

Merlina grew to become an internet favored from Skaife’s recurrent posts and movies of her on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, which have much more than 120,000 followers.

There 7 remaining ravens in captivity in the Tower are Poppy, Erin, Jubilee, Rocky, Harris, Gripp and George.

Skaife, a previous personnel sergeant and drum key in the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, confronted an unparalleled challenge entertaining the Tower’s celebrated avian people during the coronavirus lockdowns previous yr.

The birds instantly discovered them selves with no one particular to engage in with – or rob food stuff from. He lifted fears the birds would fly absent to consider to come across food items somewhere else.