This Man Is The Ravenmaster And His Job Is Insanely Cool
Life goal: to be a raven.
Chris Skaife is the ravenmaster at the Tower of London. His job is to care for the tower's ravens, which he has been doing for the past 11 years.
In case you didn't know, legend has it that there must always be six ravens at the Tower of London. If they leave, the kingdom and the tower will fall. There are currently six main ravens at the tower, and one reserve.
The Ravenmaster was kind enough to let us visit one morning and ask the internet's favourite guard birds some ~important~ questions.
So how does someone become the ravenmaster? Skaife first joined the Tower of London as a yeoman warder in 2005, and shortly afterwards was introduced to the birds. He works long days, often waking up before sunrise.
Skaife said he was encouraged to set up his social media accounts after he received constant questions about the tower's feathery residents. He said he is constantly surprised by how popular the ravens are.
"I have lots of people who follow me for various reasons – artists who want to draw the birds, people for whom the raven is a spiritual figure, and people who just like Vines of ravens," he said.
"My job also allows me to get very close to the ravens, so I can show people photos [and] videos of the ravens up close which other people may not be able to get."