In March 2013, puppeteer Kay Yasugi worked on a short film with a difference.
It involved operating a very realistic ferret puppet – who ends up biting a police officer in the ‘nether regions’. The film is thus appropriately titled ‘The 8 Inch Pinch' and was directed by Scott Walker, produced by Sarah Nichols and stars Toby Truslove as the unfortunate police officer. As bizarre as this all sounds, the film is actually based on a true story of a Queensland constable who was given an assignment to transport an illegal ferret (ferrets are illegal in Queensland) to a wildlife facility – only to be attacked while driving in his police car. (In case you are wondering, the police officer is okay).
Here is the trailer:
You can hear a radio interview about the film here