The Filter turns the Lawyer into a Cat! during Zoom video hearing

The Filter turns the Lawyer into a Cat! during Zoom video hearing

Texas attorney Rod Ponton got off to a hilarious start during a recent court hearing when he couldn’t figure out how to turn off the cat filter on his Zoom video!

Attorney Rod Ponton doesn’t quite know how he transformed into a kitten during a virtual court hearing this week, but he’s happy people are getting a laugh out of it.

The 69-year-old Texan went viral after he couldn’t figure out how to turn off a Zoom filter that morphed him into an adorable kitten after signing in to a hearing on Tuesday.

The video — which was published by the 394th Judicial District Court of Texas and tweeted by Judge Roy Ferguson — shows Ponton hidden behind the cat filter, whose eyes and mouth move as he speaks and looks around.

“Can you hear me judge?” Ponton is heard saying in the video.

“I can hear you,” Judge Ferguson replied. “I think it’s a filter.”

As Ponton continues to struggle with the app, the cat’s eyes move around the screen in panic.

“I don’t know how to remove it,” he said. “I’ve got my assistant here and she’s trying to remove it, but uh, I’m prepared to go forward with it.”

“I’m here live,” Ponton reassures the judge. “I’m not a cat.”

And for anyone left wondering, no, Ponton is not a real-life cat:

The Filter turns the Lawyer into a Cat! during Zoom video hearing

Ponton, who has practiced law for nearly four decades, tells PEOPLE he doesn’t know how the filter turned on when he opened up Zoom on Tuesday morning.

He says he was using his secretary’s laptop, and she, too, had no clue how it appeared.

“It was a status hearing on a routine forfeiture case and the district judge is handling all the cases by Zoom,” Ponton said during an interview with PEOPLE. “I used the computer in a remote office that I have in Presidio. [using] my secretary’s computer. So I just logged into Zoom to have the hearing and instead of my face popping up, up pops the cat to my great surprise.”

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