An outback Queensland pub has banned emus after a spate of bad behaviour from the feathered guests.
The Yaraka Hotel, in remote south-west Queensland, has barricaded its entrances to keep the birds out.
The emus were hatched and raised in the town and have become a tourist highlight.
But the hotel’s owner, Chris Gimblett, said they had recently learned to climb the front steps and were causing havoc.
“We didn’t really want them becoming patrons in the hotel,” he said.
“Because when they do get in here, they behave a bit badly.”
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In This Story: Queensland
Queensland (QLD) is an Australian state covering the continent’s northeast, with a coastline stretching nearly 7,000km. Its offshore Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, hosts thousands of marine species. The city of Cairns is a gateway to the reef and tropical Daintree Rainforest. The capital, Brisbane, is flanked by the surfing beaches of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.