A Zoom conference call was derailed after a lawyer arguing a case before a district court judge accidentally activated a video filter that turned him into a cat.
The hilarious event went viral after it was screen recorded and distributed on social media.
In the video, attorney Rod Ponton is informed he has the cat filter activated, as he profusely apologizes and has a secretary attempt to rectify the situation.
“Ponton, I believe you have a filter turned on in the video settings,” Judge Roy Ferguson informs the lawyer, who can be heard gasping.
At this point, a worried cat representing Ponton can be seen exasperatingly looking about as it attempts to clarify the mishap.
“We’re trying to… can you hear me judge?” the cat inquires.
“I can hear you,” the judge affirms, adding, “I think it’s a filter.”
“It is,” the cat says, nodding, “and I don’t know how to remove it.”
“I’ve got my assistant here and she’s trying to,” the cat notes, adding, “but, I’m prepared to go forward with it…”
“I’m here live — I’m not a cat,” the anxious cat insists.
In a statement to the New York Times, Ponton was reportedly pleased his hilarious accident was making people laugh.
“If I can make the country chuckle for a moment in these difficult times they’re going through, I’m happy to let them do that at my expense,” Ponton told the Times.