Sarah Day claims that rat meat tastes just like chicken. The 34-year-old Colchester, Essex woman eats roadkill at least once a week and calls herself a “professional cavewoman.” She regularly stops her car on the side of the road to pick up dead animals.
“I don’t see any harm in [picking up roadkill] because the animal has died anyway, rather than it get skinned in any other way,” she said.
Some of Day’s favorites include rat, squirrel and pigeon. The U.K. woman claims that rat tastes like chicken and pigeon tastes like a nice steak. She even has a whole freezer full of roadkill for the winter.
While the Essex cavewoman is willing to live off the land, she still has rules. She won’t pick up an animal that has been dead for more than 24 hours, and for meats she can’t find in the wild, like pig, she will forage at her local grocery store.
“Sometimes roadkill is simply too damaged,’ she adds. ‘But if it is still juicy and warm, and largely intact, then it is good to go.”
Besides eating their meat, the professional cavewoman also uses the skin and bones to make clothing and other items. She used a deer hide to make a sleeping bag for the winter and many of her clothes are made from the animals that she picks up on the side of the road.
According to Day, she wants to use as much of the animal as she can, just like real cavewomen did. She is currently soaking salmon skin in tea bags to make leather.
She also forages for herbs and berries, and that is how the U.K. woman gets a lot of her fiber. The 34-year-old says that a lot of the plants she finds in the wild have helpful medical properties.
Willow bark tea is used for treating headaches and cramp bark is the perfect solution for period cramps. Sarah Day says that savory herbs, such as rosemary and thyme can help cure a cough.
“I tend to forage plants and fruit, but it is so important to do your research as you can end up very sick. I like to test how plants work for coughs and headaches rather than going to a chemist,” said Day.
Sarah Day said that her love of the Stone Age started when she was a child. She currently uses her survival skills to teach schoolchildren about the wonders of the Paleolithic era. Many U.K. schools hire the 34-year-old to provide educational lessons to students.
To keep true to her cavewoman name, Day likes to sleep in a tent that she made in the woods. Despite having a modern home in Colchester, the 34-year-old finds comfort in her tent and likes to live off the land.
“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 roadkill for work,” said the UK cavewoman.
Despite the fun that she has living as a cavewoman, Day admitted that not every day is amazing. Sometimes she struggles to live off the land and believes that surviving in the wild has been sensationalized by the media.
She said, “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 practice the better you become. I think survival has become sensationalized, it’s not about running around and climbing waterfalls – the better you are, the more chilled you are.”