Yaraka Hotel

Queensland pub bans emus for “bad behaviour”

July 29, 2020
By Alana House

The Yaraka Hotel, in south-west Queensland, has been forced to ban emus from entering the premises.

The hotel has barricaded its entrances to keep the birds out due to them creating havoc in the bar.

The hotel’s owner, Chris Gimblett, said the emus – Daryl and Carol – were hatched and raised in the town and had recently learned to climb the front steps into the pub.

Yaraka Hotel

“We didn’t really want them becoming patrons in the hotel,” he told ABC News. “Because when they do get in here, they behave a bit badly.”

The emus are known to steal food, drinks and even car keys, oh, and crap extravagantly throughout the pub.

“Their toileting [inside] is not particularly pleasant,” Gimblett said.

Yaraka Hotel

“That’s the biggest problem — because they do toilet quite frequently.”

Gimblett added to nine.com.au: “The trouble with emus is, they can be somewhat stupid. And if we have a full dining room, which we often get here, they can scare quite easily.”

Yaraka Hotel

Barriers have been erected at the pub’s entrances, along with signs asking patrons to help keep the emus out.

“They still hang around each gate, hoping that they’ll be able to slip in when someone opens it up,” Gimblett said. “But so far we are winning the war.”

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