(CNN) – Two brazen fellows named Kevin and Carol were banned from visiting a hotel in Australia’s Volleyball for misconduct.
Co-owner Chris Gimblett told CNN Travel that he used to be welcomed by visitors and that several cookies will appear from time to time. Then they learned to climb the stairs.
“Travelers have to be very careful with emus because they will poke their head into the door of the caravan and drink all the coffee without scattering a mug and steal toast, and if you have a barbecue, watch out because they will take it all,”; he says.
“When they finish breakfast in the caravan park, they go down to the hotel, and last week they figured out how to walk up the hotel stairs.”
Last year, Emu and sisters Kevin and Carol were able to access the Yaraka’s bar.
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As a result, they had to put a chain rope on top of the stairs along with a sign that read, “Emu was banned from this establishment for misconduct. Please pass yourself through the emu barrier and then reconnect.”
Why the ban? Gimblett says, “You don’t want to fall between emu and food.”
“They have very sharp beaks and they look a bit like a vacuum cleaner when it comes to food, so we were worried that they would go into the dining room and cause chaos,” he explains.
And then there are the consequences.
“Because they eat so much food, their toilet habits are very common … imagine an untidy bowl of porridge that you turn over from a height of a meter – spraying is very effective.”
Emu is up to 1.9 meters (6.2 feet) tall, the tallest native bird in Australia and one of the world’s largest bird species, according to conservation group Birdlife Australia. Emus is associated with ostriches and another local Australian bird – the cassowary.
“They’re not very comfortable to use, they don’t like stroking, but they’re fine when they stroke their necks for a while.” says Himblett of Emus.
The tiny Yaraka Hotel has just four rooms, as well as campsites and a pub.
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This is not the first time that brothers and sisters have caused mischief. Last year, before they learned to climb the front stairs, someone left the gate open, giving them access to the hotel through the back.
“One went in and out of the bar, and the other came and stood in front of him,” says Himblett.
As for the origin of the emu, he says it all began about two years ago, when eight eggs – seemingly abandoned – were found in town and given to a wildlife enthusiast.
“She wrapped them in blankets and later heard squeaks coming inside the eggs, so she tapped them with a spoon and they hatched,” said Gimblett, who moved to Jaraka in the 1990s with his wife, Harry, after selling their business in Brisbane. .
“Some of the emus went for a walk, and we stayed with two permanent residents here in town. Kevin and Carol are their names, but Carroll is ultimately a man.”