By Lani Gering
Emro the Sun Conure of the Boardwalk
We decided that since we got such a fun reaction to our interview with “Aladdin the Christmas Camel” in the December issue we would feature our feathered friend “Emro the Sun Conure of the Boardwalk” in the May issue.
I was lucky enough to tag along with Bob when he was doing the R&D for his Road Trip column for this month’s issue. The trek to Rehoboth, Delaware and the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel is always a fun one and that’s how I met Emro Jr.
We met the original Emro three years ago when we were staying at the Boardwalk conducting much of the same business of gathering information for a feature on Southern Delaware. Sadly, Emro Sr. passed away two years ago at the age of 24, however, happily, Emro Jr. was rescued shortly after.
With a little help from the staff at the Boardwalk Hotel, I was able to garner some important information about my new BFFF (Best Feathered Friend Forever). Jennifer Zerby, Proprietor of the Boardwalk, told me that the original Emro belonged to her husband Jeff’s grandfather, Orme Meade. That is how Emro got his name – “Emro” is “Orme” spelled backwards! Very clever, don’t you think? I might have to think about that with the next pet I get that will need a name. Ummm, wait, maybe not so much…Inal?? Nope.
Jennifer told me, “Emro Sr. lived with Jeff’s grandparents for a time, but he needed more attention than they could provide, so the family decided he would get plenty of attention from our guests here at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel. We installed him in the lobby and he was an instant hit with guests and our staff alike. After he passed away, all of us wanted to continue the tradition we had begun of having a friendly Sun Conure to welcome our guests and to remember and honor Jeff’s grandfather by keeping the same name as well. And thus, Emro the II aka Emro Jr. was procured.”
“Emro Jr. is actually a hand-raised avian. He came from a local bird farm (M&D Bird Farm) where they hand-raise babies. Being hand-raised makes them more likely to be easily socialized once here at the Boardwalk Plaza,” said Zerby. She also informed me that, “Caged birds are quite Victorian, you know.” This also fits in with the theme of the hotel.