A hermit has told how he built a tiny cave house in a remote mountain after getting tired of being bothered by humans.
Panta Petrovic, 72, moved to his little Serbian cave in the mountains two decades ago to avoid society.
He had previously led the “hectic” life of a worker in the nearby town of Pirot.
However, after gradually isolating himself, he realized that was how he wanted to live – and he moved to the cliff.
His tiny cave house can now only be reached via a steep climb.
He told AFP: “I wasn’t free in the city. There’s always someone standing in your way – either you’re arguing with your wife,or the police.
“Nobody bothers me here.”
Panta had shared his home with goats, chickens, 30 cats and dogs, and his favorite – an adult wild boar named Mara.
But last year he was devastated when his animals were attacked and killed by a pack.
He said: “There must have been five, six of them.
“I managed to crawl through the hole (in the cave), took an ax and waited. There was no way out, this hole saved me.”
Now he keeps his animals in a hut on the outskirts of town – and makes a pilgrimage down the cliff to take care of them.
Petrovic receives social assistance, but is also dependent on donations of food and supplies for the animals.
For his diet, he feeds mainly on collected mushrooms and fish that he catches in a nearby river.
Before isolating himself, he donated all his money to the community by funding the construction of three small bridges in the city.
He explained: “Money is cursed, it corrupts people. I believe nothing corrupts a person like money.”
Panta did thatworldwide in 2020 when he left his cave to get vaccinated against Covid.
He said at the time: “I want to get all three cans, including the extra ones. I urge every citizen to get vaccinated, every one of them.”