‘Cave woman’, 43, who eats roadkill claims it is like a ‘really good beef steak’

‘Cave woman’, 43, who eats roadkill claims it is like a ‘really good beef steak’

A “cave woman” who stops her car to pick up dead animals in the road to eat has said it is like feasting on “good beef steak”.

Sarah Day, 34, from Colchester, happily indulges on any unfortunate animals that have been knocked down by vehicles whether it be rat, deer or rabbit.

The self-proclaimed cave woman, who teaches children history and survival skills for a living, has shared a selection of dishes she has whipped up such as pigeon wings and a sliced venison sandwich.

Sarah said: “I eat road kill at least once a week although there isn’t always an animal on the side of the road.

“My freezer is full of roadkill finds which is handy during the winter as I can defrost the deer or rabbit to make a hearty stew. Rat is very similar to squirrel, it is mild and sweet.

She regularly picks up dead animals from the road to eat
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“It tastes a little bit like chicken but much nicer. And pigeon is like a really good beef steak.

“Sometimes, I may come across an animal but it is unsafe to eat as it will be cold and floppy meaning it has been there for longer than 24 hours. Sometimes roadkill is simply too damaged.

“But if it is still juicy and warm, and largely intact, then it is good to go. When I am given an animal or find road kill, my philosophy is to use as much as possible.

“I can turn the skin into leather and the guts can sometimes be turned into leather or other materials too. I use their bones to make tools and weapons.

“I keep the skull as they are amazing bits of engineering. If I find a fox, I will pick it up for the skin. I don’t see any harm in doing this as it has died anyway rather than it get skinned in any other way.”

Sarah also forages for herbs and fruit but she warns that you need to be careful.

Sarah is careful to pick freshly killed animals and not remains that could make her ill
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“I tend to forage plants and fruit but it is so important to do your research as you can end up very sick,” she said.

“I like to test how plants work for coughs and headaches rather than going to a chemist. I forage medicinal things such as willow bark; it can be eaten, but is revolting- better made into a tea for headache.

“I also combine rosemary, sage and thyme, meadowsweet which contains an aspirin-like chemical that helps with a cough.

“The Amber-like resin that comes out of a cherry tree helps coat a sore throat, reducing pain. Cramp bark is also amazing for period pains – I didn’t want to believe it would work, but it really does!”

Sarah’s fascination with the stone age began when she was just a child and she has dedicated her time to learn new survival skills.

Sarah said that she has been learning her survival skills since she was a child
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“I refer to myself as a professional cave woman,” she said.

“I do have a house in the middle of a town which is my official home – but I would rather be in a tent. I made my very own sleeping bag out of reindeer skin. I have also made a selection of clothes from road kill for work.

“I am currently soaking salmon skins in 100 old tea bags to make leather. I have lived off the land before for a few days and you don’t feel like an amazing hunter.

“You feel exhausted and achy. It is an effort to lift your feet up – it’s not like a film. It is all about working smart, the more you practise the better you become.

“I think survival has become sensationalised, it’s not about running around and climbing waterfalls – the better you are, the more chilled you are.”

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