Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ll be aware that owning exotic cars and animals is considered the ultimate status symbol for Middle Easterners. And thanks to all the different social media platforms, these people have found the perfect way to flaunt their prized possessions to the world. Call them influencers or social media celebrities, these people have an impressive fan following, especially on Instagram. But the automobile enthusiast in me cringes every time I see a social media post of an exotic animal that should rather be out in its natural habitat made to climb on equally exotic automobiles, just for the sake of likes. My heart bleeds thinking of what kind of damage would have been caused to cars while pulling off such stunts; turns out, it can be pretty bad. In the latest Instagram post, social media celeb Humaid Abdulla Albuqaish shows his friendly pet bear rip off a door from his Lamborghini.
Humaid Abdulla Albuqaish is quite well known for posting social media content showing his different pet animals, including tigers, lions, cheetahs, and whatnot. He has more than a million followers on Instagram. The Lamborghini in the video is an orange-colored Huracan Performante and Humaid can be seen offering an apple to his pet bear from inside the cabin. While the bear is clearly young and relatively small, the Huracan’s tiny window is not big enough for it to climb inside. That’s when the door falls off, sending the bear crashing down the grass-covered ground. If I were a Lamborghini owner, I won’t be thrilled at the sight of my damaged Italian supercar. However, Humaid and his mates can be laughing it off as if nothing happened; in fact, they are amused by the whole thing.
I’m too tempted to call out the influencer’s bluff. It’s a known fact that bears can be heavy, even when they are young. I can imagine a bear hanging off the door of a Lamborghini might damage it pretty badly, but it won’t rip off from the hinge; Lamborghini doors are not that flimsy. Moreover, the way the door falls off clearly indicates that it was intentionally unbolted to pull off the silly stunt. It’s not uncommon for social media influencers to make attention-grabbing scripted videos to grab attention. And by looking at the number of likes on this post, the Instagram celebrity clearly got the desired result.