Meet the ‘Professional Cavewoman’ Who Lives on Roadkill

by Courtney Blackann

We all want to think of ourselves as outdoor warriors who could survive a zombie apocalypse. But what if you had to eat roadkill to do it? You can count me out on that one. However, a woman from the United Kingdom is completely game for that lifestyle. She has dubbed herself a “cavewoman” and regularly consumes roadkill.

If that news alone hasn’t churned your insides, continue reading. Now, we understand that people do what they have to do to survive. That’s one thing. Choosing to eat dead animals from the side of the road can be left to the wild hogs, in my humble opinion, however.

But Sarah Day, 34, often eats roadkill. She also uses the bones and fur and repurposes them. At least she’s recycling, right?

According to the New York Post, Day is a school teacher. But she doesn’t just teach anything. The woman teaches children a mix of history and survival skills. She makes it a point to eat roadkill once a week.

“My freezer is full of roadkill finds, which is handy during the winter because I can defrost the deer or rabbit to make a hearty stew,” she says, offering that a rat’s flavor is “very similar to squirrel — it is mild and sweet. It tastes a little bit like chicken, but much nicer.”

Further, the 34-year-old said that pigeons taste like steak. We’ll just have to take her word on that one – I’ll take Texas Roadhouse every day over dead pigeon.

‘Cavewoman’ Repurposes Animal Bones and Forages for Plants

However, there is something to be learned from dead animals, Day says. And that’s because their bones tell a story and teach us about science. She says that some skulls and bones are great examples of engineering.

And it’s not only dead animals that the teacher goes searching for, she also collects a variety of herbs and berries to fill out her diet.

“I tend to forage plants and fruit, but it is so important to do your research so that you don’t end up very sick,” she said.

While Day does have a home in the middle of her Essex County town (most likely with a grocery store), she says she would much rather live in a tent.

In lieu of visiting a doctor, Day also says she likes to forage for plants as medicine. She’s found a few things that work for her too.

She says that cramp bark, which is a small shrub “is also amazing for period pains. I didn’t want to believe it would work, but it really does!”

While it may not be your cup of tea (or mine), Day seems absolutely delighted with her lifestyle choice. We just hope those animals weren’t dead for too long before she consumed them!