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Australia hotel bans emus for bad behaviour






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Two emus have been banned from a hotel in Australia. The emu is the world's second-largest bird by height. It is native to Australia. The two banned emus are siblings. The four-room Yaraka Hotel in Queensland banned the giant birds because of bad behaviour. The birds were well known at the hotel for going in for a few biscuits or a slice of toast. Recently, they have become a nuisance to the hotel guests. Co-owner Chris Gimblett put rope across the stairs leading up to the hotel to keep the birds out. There is also a sign for guests. It says: "Please let yourself through the emu barrier."

One of the reasons for the ban is that the emus have learned to climb the stairs. They have been wandering up to bedrooms and shocking guests. Mr Gimblett said: "Travellers have to be very cautious with the emus because they will poke their heads in...and steal your toast. And if you have a barbecue, watch out because they'll take everything." He added: "You don't want to get between an emu and its food. They've got very sharp beaks." He warned: "Because they eat so much food, their toiletry habits are very frequent.... imagine a bowl of porridge from a height of a metre."

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