(CNN) – Two cheeky emu brothers and sisters named Kevin and Carol were banned from a hotel in the Australian outback for misconduct.
Co-owner Chris Gimblet told CNN Travel that the emus was once a welcome visitor and several biscuits appeared from time to time. Then they learned to climb stairs.
“Travelers have to be very careful with the emus because they will push their heads into the neck of the caravan and drink all the coffee without spilling the mug and stealing your toast. If you have a barbecue, be careful because they will take everything,”
“When they finish breakfast in the caravan park, they go down to the hotel and last week they figured out how to walk on the steps of the hotel.”
Last year, siblings Kevin and Carol were able to gain access to the Yaraka Hotel’s bar.
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As a result, they had to place a chain rope at the top of the steps, along with a sign that read, “Emus was banned from this establishment for misconduct. Please leave the emu barrier and then reconnect.”
Why the ban? Gimble says, “You don’t want to get between emu and food.”
“They have very sharp beaks and look a bit like a vacuum cleaner when it comes to food, so we were worried about them entering the dining room and causing chaos,” he explains.
And then there is a consequence.
“Because they eat so much food, their toiletries are very common … imagine a sloppy bowl of porridge that you roll over from a height of a meter – spraying is very effective.”
Standing up to 1.9 meters (6.2 feet) tall, the emu is the tallest native bird in Australia and one of the largest bird species in the world, according to conservation group Birdlife Australia. Emus are associated with ostriches and another native Australian bird – the cassowary.
“They’re not terribly comfortable for the user, they don’t like to be tapped, but they’re fine when their doors are caressed for a while.” says Gimbalt of Emus.
The small Yaraka Hotel has only four rooms, as well as campsites and a pub.
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This is not the first time that siblings have caused mischief. Last year, before they learned to climb the front steps, someone left the gate open, giving them access to the hotel through the back.
“One went in and went behind the bar, and the other came and stood in front of him,” Gimblet said.
As for the origin of the emus, he says it all started about two years ago, when eight eggs were found in the city – seemingly abandoned and given to a wildlife lover.
“She wrapped them in blankets and later heard screams coming from the eggs, so she knocked them out with a spoon and they hatched,” said Gimbalt, who moved to Jaraka in the 1990s with his wife, Gerry, after sold their business in Brisbane.
“Some of the emus went on tour, and we were left with two who are permanent residents here in the city. Kevin and Carol are their names, but Carol was a man after all.”