(CNN) – Two poachers’ sisters, named Kevin and Carol, were banned from going to a hotel in the Australian Outback for ill-treatment.
Co-owner Chris Gimblett tells CNN Travel that emus was once waiting for visitors and they showed up for a few cookies from time to time. Then they learned to climb stairs.
“Travelers have to be very careful with emus because they put their heads in the caravan door and drink all the coffee without spilling a cup and stealing toasts, and if you have a barbecue, be on guard because they’ll pick it all up,” he says.
“After finishing breakfast in the caravan park, they get into the hotel, and last week figured out how to go up the hotel stairs.”;
Last year, emu sisters Kevin and Carol managed to get to the bar at the Yaraka Hotel.
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As a result, they had to put a chain at the top of the stairs with a sign that reads, “Emus was banned from this institution for bad behavior. Please allow yourself through the emu barrier and rejoin. . ”
Why insurance? Gimblett says, “You don’t want to get between emu and food.”
“They have very sharp beeches and are a bit like a vacuum cleaner when it comes to food, so we were worried they would go to the dining room and cause confusion,” he explains.
And then there is the consequence.
“Because they eat so much food, their toilet habits are very common … imagine an abandoned porridge bowl that you turn from a meter high – splashes are very effective.”
According to the Birdlife Australia conservation team, the emu is up to 1.9 m tall (6.2 feet) and is Australia’s tallest native bird and one of the largest bird species in the world. Emus are associated with ostriches and another native Australian bird, the pancake.
“They’re not very user-friendly, they don’t like being caressed, but they’re fine when the neck is caressed for a short time.” says Gimblett of emus.
The small Yaraka Hotel has just four rooms, as well as campsites and a pub.
Yaraka Hotel / Facebook
This is not the first time brothers and sisters have made a mistake. Last year, before learning to climb the front stairs, someone left the gates open, giving them access to the hotel through their backs.
“One came in and went behind the bar, the other came and stood in front of him,” Gimblett says.
As for the origins of the emus, he says it all started about two years ago when eight eggs were found in the town, seemingly abandoned, and given to a wildlife lover.
“She wrapped them in blankets and heard a whisper from the eggs sometime later, so she tapped them with a spoon and hatched them,” says Gimblett, who in 1990. Brisbane.
“Some of the emas took a walk and we stayed in two who are permanent residents of this city. Kevin and Carol are their names, but Carol are men.”