PIROT: Almost twenty years ago, Panta Petrovic made social distancing a lifestyle choice when he moved into a tiny Serbian mountain cave to avoid society, reports AFP.
Last year, on one of his visits to town, the dreadlocked man with a long beard found out there was a pandemic raging. After vaccines against Covid-19 became available, he got jabbed and urges everyone to do the same.
The cave Petrovic calls home is accessible only by a steep climb that is not for the fainthearted.
It is equipped with an old rusty bathtub which he uses as a toilet, some benches and a stack of hay that serves as a bed.
Petrovic hails from the nearby town of Pirot where he worked as a labourer on the black market, as he did abroad for some time. He remarried on multiple occasions, a life he called "hectic".