Ravens are terrifically smart. Skaife describes them as "feathered apes" and extraordinary problem solvers. Like primates, ravens can make use of tools and have a language and pecking order all their own. The ravens in this book, though wild, live in a palace and are waited on by a team of humans! Skaife gives lots of amusing testimony to the challenge of keeping them safe, his utterly crazy job, (soaking biscuits in blood), and keeping the group alive and thriving despite their devilish antics that might include playing dead, noisily eating a live pigeon in front of visitors, hiding, stealing teddy bears from children and brown bag lunches from distracted tourist. This is a delightful romp of a read, that is part memoir, part history of tower of London and 100% must have for ravenologists. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker
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