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Rod Ponton Rod Ponto is a Texas Lawyer who is in the headlines after joining a Zoom meeting with a cat filter. Judge Roy Ferguson opened up virtual proceedings of the 394th Judicial District Court in Texas on Zoom this week while not expecting to see two lawyers and a kitten. The cute blue-eyed “cat” in the bottom right corner was actually county attorney Rod Ponton, covered by a filter.

A video of Rod Ponton appearing as a cat during a virtual court session has been viewed millions of times online.

“I did not know that Zoom could turn me into a cat. I did not know that cat Zoom could turn me into an internet celebrity, but it all happened in just a matter of hours,” he told the BBC. He said he is trying to “roll with it”.

Mr Ponton said he was using his secretary’s computer when the filter popped up, replacing his face with that of a white kitten with large, concerned eyes.

As his assistant tries to rectify the issue, he can be heard saying: “I’m here live, I’m not a cat.”

“When I got on Zoom everything seemed fine – my picture popped up, I was in the waiting room with the judge. But when the judge called the case, I disappeared and a cat appeared instead of me to my great surprise of course,” he told the BBC’s Today programme on Wednesday.

Judge Roy Ferguson shared the video on social media, advising people to ensure that filters are switched off before joining virtual hearings.

Mr Ponton said the judge took it in good humour. “I think anybody who has ever struggled with a computer or Zoom can recognise that those kinds of things can happen,” he said.

He said he was initially concerned to receive a “deluge” of emails and phone calls following the viral video.

But he added: “In Texas we have a phrase that you can’t put toothpaste back in the tube. If this was going to become an internet sensation I just had to laugh at myself along with everybody else doing so.”

Ponton’s hilarious declaration of “I’m not a cat”

Ponton’s hilarious declaration of “I’m not a cat” was a much-needed dose of joy on Tuesday. Carson Daly asked Ponton if he was able to turn on the cat filter during his appearance on TODAY.

“So I don’t have the filter on right now, (but) it certainly made my day,” he said.

In his exchange with the judge on Tuesday, Ponton struggled with his Zoom settings because he was using someone else’s computer, he said. I don’t know how to remove it,” Ponton says in the video. “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. I’m not a cat.”

It was a testament to Ponton’s dedication that he was prepared to move on with the proceeding while appearing as a cat.

“I was (prepared to continue)” he said on TODAY. “Meow, meow, meow.”

The filter debacle was ultimately resolved in about 20 seconds, but that was long enough for Ponton to become a viral star.

“I was having lunch after that hearing, and I was wondering why my phone was blowing up with calls from around the country and around the world,” he said. “I didn’t know if I was in trouble or what was going on, but I finally figured it out. I got as big a laugh out of it as everybody else.”

Ponton said he was using his secretary’s computer and she has a young daughter, which may have been the reason for the filter, but it was not entirely clear.

“I don’t know how the filter got on there,” he said.

It also led Ferguson to offer an important pointer to future lawyers participating in virtual proceedings.