Co-owner Chris Gimblett told CNN Travel that emus were once welcome and occasionally drop by for a few cookies. Then they learned to climb the stairs.
“Travelers should be very careful with emus because they will stick their heads in a trailer door and drink all the coffee without spilling the cup and stealing your toast, and if you have a barbecue be careful because they will take everything , ” he says.
“When they finished breakfast at the trailer park, they went down to the hotel, and last week figured out how to climb the hotel steps. ”
Last year, emu siblings Kevin and Carol managed to gain access to the bar at the Yaraka Hotel.
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As a result, they had to install a chain rope at the top of the steps, along with a sign that read: “Emus have been banned from this establishment for bad behavior. Please pass the emu barrier and then log back in. ”
Why the ban? Gimblett says, “You don’t want to get between an emu and food. ”
“They have a very sharp beak and they look a bit like a vacuum cleaner when it comes to food, so we were concerned to see him walk into the dining room and cause havoc,” he explains.
And then there are the consequences.
“Because they eat so much food, their grooming habits are very frequent… imagine a sloppy bowl of porridge that you turn over from a height of three feet – the splash is very effective. ”
Standing 1.9 meters (6.2 feet) tall, the emu is Australia’s largest native bird and one of the world’s largest species of birds, according to the conservation group Birdlife Australia. Emus are related to ostriches and another native Australian bird, the cassowary.
“They are not very friendly, they don’t like to be stroked but they are fine with having their necks petted for a little while. Gimblett said of emus.
The small Yaraka hotel has just four rooms as well as camping grounds and a pub.
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This is not the first time that siblings have caused harm. Last year, before learning to climb the front steps, someone left a door open, giving them access to the hotel from the back.
“One came in and went behind the bar and the other came and stood in front of him,” Gimblett explains.
As for the origins of emus, he says it all started about two years ago, when eight eggs – seemingly abandoned – were found in the town and given to a wildlife lover.
“She wrapped them in blankets and some time later she heard squeaking coming from inside the eggs, so she patted them with a spoon and they hatched,” says Gimblett, who moved to Yaraka in the 1990s with his wife Gerry after selling their business in Brisbane.
“Some of the emus walked around, and we ended up with two permanent residents here in town. Kevin and Carol are their names, but Carol ended up being a man. ”