A beerkat? Why did this endangered species keep breaking into an NQ pub?

A rare and unusual creature has been caught on camera, breaking into a bottle shop in far north Queensland.

Jun 04, 2020, updated Jun 04, 2020

The northern quoll has taken a shine to a bottle-o at the Bungalow Hotel in Cairns, tripping sensor alarms in the middle of the night.

Hotel director Stewart Gibson said he himself had “turned nocturnal” after being woken at all hours over the past week.

“Every night at two, three, four in the morning we’d be getting these calls from our alarm company so I’d drag myself out of bed, go to the bottle shop and no one was there, ” Gibson said.

“I put it down to a faulty alarm system at first.

“On closer inspection, we found we’ve been having a little visitor each night.”

Northern quolls are an endangered species only found in far north Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

They are also known as the northern native cat, and are not normally seen in city areas.

Gibson said it was only after reviewing security vision, where the quoll could be seen scurrying between shelves of alcohol, that the penny dropped.

“Clearly he likes having a drink at the hotel.”

Gibson said he had contacted environment authorities, and the animal would be relocated to a more suitable place.

“I’m sure he’ll be much happier in the bush,” Gibson said.

“There’s better food there than chips and gravy.”

– ABC / Kristy Sexton-McGrath

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