Wallaby hops across Sydney Harbor Bridge, is captured uninjured


A wayward wallaby disrupted downtown traffic by bounding across the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Tuesday with police in pursuit.

The adult male was captured without any apparent serious injury and is expected to be released back into the wild within days.

Swamp wallabies, which are smaller marsupials than their kangaroo cousins, are common across eastern Australia, but are rarely seen in cities.

The startled wallaby hopped across the bridge’s eight lanes of traffic an hour before sunrise then turned onto an expressway on the harbor’s southern shore toward the Sydney Opera House. A pursuing police car with flashing lights videoed the animal’s steady bounding before police officers captured him near the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and wrangled him into a horse float, police said.

Veterinarian Larry Vogelnest said the wallaby was “quite distressed” but he gave it a tranquilizer before taking it to the wildlife hospital at nearby Taronga Zoo.

“It had some minor grazes on its face and its hind legs,” Vogelnest told reporters. “There don’t seem to be any major injuries.”

Vogel said he did not know where the wallaby had come from or how it found its way to the bridge.

Waitress retires from Penn State hangout after 61 years


An 81-year-old waitress who has been a fixture at a popular Penn State hangout for more than six decades has worked her final shift.

Emma Gunsallus retired Tuesday from The Corner Room, where she worked as a waitress for 61 years. The Centre Daily Times reports Gunsallus worked her first shift at the restaurant in the 1950s and has not missed a shift since.

“To me, the restaurant has meant good food and good people,” Gunsallus said. “But the people is what I’ll miss.”

One of the patrons she likes to reminisce about is former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who was an assistant coach on Rip Engle’s staff when she started her career at the restaurant.

Paterno was a regular, and he always took the time to find Gunsallus and give her a hug, just like many alumni who came in when they were in town, co-owner John Cocolin said.

Cocolin says Gunsallus’ greatest contribution has been her big smile and infectious personality.

“People just love her, and it’s meant a lot to me to be able to see all of the people who came in and were so happy just to see her,” he said.

Associated Press

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