(CNN) – Two brazen emu brothers named Kevin and Carol have been banned from a hotel in Australia by Outback for misconduct.
Co-owner Chris Gimblett tells CNN Travel that the emus were once welcome visitors and was throwing time for the few biscuits. Then they learned to climb the stairs.
“Travelers should be very careful with emu, because they will wake up at the caravan door and drink all the coffee without spilling the mug and stealing your toast, and if you have a barbecue be careful why they will take everything, “he said.
“When they finished breakfast at the caravan park they went down to the hotel, and last week they decided how to walk the steps of the hotel.”;
Last year, emu brothers Kevin and Carol managed to gain access to the Yaraka hotel bar.
The Yaraka hotel / Facebook
As a result, they had to put a chain rope at the top of the steps, along with a sign that reads: “Emu have been banned from this establishment for misconduct. Please allow yourself to go through the emu barrier and then reconnect ”
Why the ban? Gimblett says, “You don’t want to get between emu and food.”
“They’ve got a very sharp beak and they’re a bit like a vacuum cleaner where there’s food, so we were worried about them entering the dining room and causing havoc,” he explains.
And then there are the consequences.
“Because they eat so much food, their toilet habits are very frequent … imagine a discarded bowl of porridge spinning from a meter high – the splatter is very effective.”
Standing up to 1.9 meters tall (6.2 feet), the emu is Australia’s tallest native bird and one of the world’s largest bird species, according to conservation group Birdlife Australia. Emus are related to ostriches and another native Australian bird, the cassowary.
“They’re not very user-friendly, they don’t enjoy being pierced but they’re okay with their necks being stroked for a while.” says Gimblett of emu.
The tiny Yaraka hotel has only four rooms as well as campsites and a pub.
The Yaraka hotel / Facebook
This is not the first time the brothers have caused trouble. Last year, before they learned to climb the front steps, someone left a gate open, and gave them access to a hotel from behind.
“One came in and went behind the bar and the other came in and sat in front of it,” Gimblett says.
As for the origin of the emu, he said it all started about two years ago, when eight eggs – apparently abandoned – were found in the city and given to a wildlife lover. .
“She wrapped them in blankets and some time later she heard freckles coming from inside the eggs, so she connected them with a spoon and hatched them,” says Gimblett, who moved to Yaraka in the 1990s with his wife Gerry after selling the their business in Brisbane.
“Some of the emus went to the base, leaving us two permanent residents here in town. Kevin and Carol are their names, but Carol ended up a man.”