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Southlake’s famous ‘drug-sniffing’ ferret resurfaces after going viral last year

Southlake DPS has a knack for creating viral content, perhaps none more successful than a video starring Bonnie the ferret. Here’s what Bonnie’s been up to since her star turn last year.

Southlake’s Department of Public Safety has become locally known for producing creative video parodies that merge pop culture with public service.

But no one expected the department’s video last year of Bonnie, a “drug-sniffing” ferret, to get 6 million views.

This week, Uptmore shared a photo of Bonnie kissing Dawson Middle School resource officer Tony Pate — underneath the mistletoe — to satisfy inquiring minds who wondered: What happened to that ferret on a leash, and was she really a narc?

Uptmore was kind enough to offer a bit of background.

“So the way that came to be is that Officer Pate over at Dawson Middle School is so fantastic with the kids there and they have this huge Animal Science room with varying critters — tarantulas, a python, birds and ferrets,” he said.

Bonnie the ferret is one of the more beloved animals at the school. One day, Pate put Bonnie on a leash and led her down the hall with a student filming.

“He tapped on the locker knowing that Bonnie would investigate and then he sent it over to me,” Uptmore said. “I thought it needed some extra humor and content so I wrote that [Southlake police dog] Duco was unavailable, so we had to bring in the backup…our drug-sniffing ferret, which is of course not a thing.”

And while she has yet to get an IMDB page, Bonnie is not done entertaining the masses.

“We have a script for an action movie trailer starring them both planned,” Uptmore said, “but just haven’t had a chance to film it yet. ‘Chief, I don’t need a partner!’ Stereotypical cop jargon like that.”