A hotel in Australia had to ban a pair of 6-foot emus for overstepping their guest privileges

Yaraka Hotel Queensland - pictured September 2010

  • Yaraka Hotel & Pub
    in Queensland, Australia, has banned two long-time hotel visitors
    for “bad behavior.” The guests are two local emus named Kevin and
    Carol.
  • Last week, Kevin and Carol learned to walk up the stairs.
  • Yaraka co-owners Gerry and Chris Gimblett have installed an emu
    barrier to remind Kevin and Carol that they’re still welcome —
    just not inside the hotel.
  • Emus,
    endemic to Australia, are the world’s second-largest bird and
    average 5.7 feet tall, according to Smithsonian’s National
    Zoo.
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In the tiny 20-person town of Yaraka in
the Australian Outback, everyone knows each other — including two
resident emus named Kevin and Carol.�

Kevin and Carol have become beloved visitors of the four-bedroom
Yaraka
Hotel & Pub
, meandering over to the hotel’s porch to greet
guests like Queensland Senator James McGrath.

Last week, however, they overstepped their boundaries.

Morning.

A post shared by Senator James McGrath (@senatormcgrath) on Jul
26, 2020 at 3:45pm PDT on Jul 26, 2020 at 3:45pm PDT

The siblings have now figured out how to walk up stairs, the
Brisbane Times
reported
.

To keep the pair in check, co-owners Gerry and Chris Gimblett
posted a sign at the top of the stairs that reads “Emus have been
banned from this establishment for bad behavior.”

“We put the sign up, but we’re not quite sure whether they’re
able to read or not. So, we’ve had to put a bar across there, as
well,” Gerry told 10
News First Queensland
.  

Though the community is fond of Kevin and Carol, “you don’t want
to get between an emu and food,” she told
CNN Travel
.

“They’ve got very sharp beaks and they’re a bit like a vacuum
cleaner where food is concerned,” she added.

Now I’ve seen
everything. Emus in Yaraka are seemingly friendly, if not too
friendly.

A post shared by Senator James McGrath (@senatormcgrath) on Jul
26, 2020 at 2:56am PDT on Jul 26, 2020 at 2:56am PDT

This isn’t the first time Kevin and Carol have thought of
themselves more as hotel guests than visitors.

Last year, they took the liberty of
exploring the bar
. “We had a time where we had Carol behind the
bar and Kevin on the other side, we think he was trying to order a
longneck,”
Gerry told 10 News First Queensland, adding that the puns ran
rampant.

Since the ban, Kevin and Carol appear to be on their best
behavior and are soaking up the media attention.

“The country is needing this with our COVID crises,” a Melbourne
resident wrote in a comment on the hotel’s Facebook
page
.

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A hotel in Australia had to ban a pair of 6-foot emus for
overstepping their guest privileges