The Rich Guys With Lions Of Instagram

Big cats are the hottest status symbol for wealthy young men in the Persian Gulf. Instagramming your cheetah in a Lamborghini is the new 'gramming your brunch.

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1. This is Humaid Albuqiash. He lives in the United Arab Emirates, and he has a lot of lions.

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2. He's an Instagram celebrity with over 250K followers. He also has a cheetah.

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3. Also a hyena cub. Lol look at that sad Pomeranian.

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4. Here is a lion cub in a Power Wheels truck that he tries to climb out of but can't.

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5. Here is Humaid getting his head munched by a lion.

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6. Humaid likes taking his cats in the pool.

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7. WHAT THE HOLY FUCK IS GOING ON HERE

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8. Bad lion! Please do not eat your owner, he seems like a nice guy.

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9. WHAT? NO! THIS IS NOT SAFE! PLEASE TAKE YOUR HEAD OUT OF THAT LION

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10. Holy hell, Humaid, that's really fucking disgusting. There's blood everywhere. Yuck.

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11. Riding your lion seems vaguely ill-advised and maybe not good for the lion...

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12. According to a report from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, illegal trade of big cats in the UAE is a growing problem. Not all big cats are illegal; they need proper papers to be sold.

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13. Big cats have become popular for young men in the Gulf as a status symbol. It becomes problematic when someone gets a cute cub but doesn't want to keep it once it turns into a giant animal.

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14. There's nothing to suggest Humaid's pets are anything but legal.

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15. Just a cheetah attacking my head, nothing weird here, please move along.

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16. Just a cheetah on a Rolls-Royce, no biggie.

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17. More big cats and fancy cars.

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19. Humaid isn't the only guy from the Persian Gulf to have a popular Instagram of his big cats. This guy, @Swakll from Kuwait, has almost 150K followers:

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20. Dude, that's just gross. That's raw meat!

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21. Based on the spotted fur and size, I believe this is actually a liger (tiger + lion crossbreed).

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22. Swakll chilling with his liger and Lambo.

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23. Texting while lioning, lol

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24. His brother @saadturkii also keeps exotic pets. Here he is with a baby tiger:

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25. @kbk5 lets his lion cubs chase around his friends at home:

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26. And then chills with the full-grown lions inside.

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27. This guy from Qatar likes to take his cheetah boating:

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28. Suicide doors up with my cheetah on a leash, don't mind me.

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29. @Jasem_Ali owns a while male tiger

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30. Princess Maryam of the UAE once came to visit his lion.

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31. Interesting, Humaid has a photo with the princess on the same day with the white lion. He and @jasem_ali must be friends or associates. Humaid captioned this photo "my boss" (Google translation).

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Follow these guys if you want a delightful break between brunch pics in your Instagram: