Fresh air, picturesque and tranquil landscapes, loyal dogs as companions, and 500 sheep – this is the place where the 32-year-old Lacika Német spends his days. But do not let this peaceful environment deceive you: he knows more about wolves and bears than many of us, and despite being far away from people, he never cut ties with society or social media as he shares his insights and stories on TikTok.
The shepherd started his unusual profession at the fragile age of 10. He and his little sister started “babsisitting” sheep to make some money, then this turned into a lifestyle for Lacika.
He went to a specialised school and studied tourism, but the simplicity of life close to nature was more appealing to him, writes Maszol. According to what he said, there is nothing more precious than the sunrise, which is so pure and sacred in the mountains that it often brings tears to his eyes, not to mention the fresh air and quiet that makes his thoughts fresh. This is a romanticised perspective on life, almost a modern-day myth of the man close to nature who is his own leader and lives in the tranquil freedom away from society. He gets caught up in his thoughts, or the animals around him make him laugh. Or… he uploads videos on his TikTok.
His life may seem like a nice vacation, but he has many responsibilities, and he may encounter many dangers, such as bear attacks and wolves lurking around.
A shepherd never reveals the exact number of animals, so he actually has “approximately 500” sheep to take care of. About 300 are his family’s property, and the rest of them are other people’s animals. If a sheep gets lost or gets killed by wild animals, the shepherd has to pay its price. If different herds mix, and they have to separate the sheep, Lacika is the person to help the situation. He knows his animals by looking at them.
As for wild animals, he has the wisdom of how to take care of himself. As he says it, bears are easy to notice, and they attack in a very noticeable manner: they break things, but they are also able to shatter people’s and dogs’ bones with just one hit. From a certain distance, the shepherd has a chance to survive, but if he is too close to the bear, the animal becomes angrier, and surviving the attack becomes impossible.
Wolves are different. They are less dangerous but trick the victims. These animals come in packs and work together to catch the sheep. One of the tactics is that one wolf catches the dogs’ attention, and while they run to the wolf, the rest of the pack attacks. Another way is to walk around the land and get the sheep while dogs are trying to catch the smell and find them. Wolves are timid animals, and they run away if the shepherd starts running towards them.
Lacika almost lost his life once when he was younger. It was thanks to his dogs that he survived because he fell on the ground and dogs attacked the wild animal. And having brave dogs is important. Muds are better for a shepherd’s companion than breeds, and if they are not fit for the task, Lacika gives the dog to someone else as a gift.
Válasz @martinwwe123 részére♬ eredeti hang – Lacika Nemet
The shepherd seems to be happy with the simple life he chose. Even his significant other has to accept his “unusual” lifestyle. She has to accept him and the animals, and if she tried to corner him with the idea that she will only love him if he gives up on sheep, she has to know that this is never going to happen.
The shepherd of TikTok caught people’s attention very fast. He has 18,000 followers, and his most popular video was watched 400,000 times. Hello Magyar writes that the reason behind starting to upload videos on TikTok was to fight false beliefs and negative stereotypes about being a shepherd. His sister encourages him to do this. “Now we can look into the life of a clean, learned shepherd and see how good it is to be far from everything,” says the article on Hello Magyar, and it could not be more true. Lacika has solar panels, internet access, and supposedly he also listens to foreign music while probably having a perspective on life and an appreciation for the simplicity of it that many people could incorporate into their mindsets.