A MODERN-DAY cavewoman says she regularly pulls over her car to pick up roadkill – before taking it home for dinner.
Sarah Day, who searches for creatures that look "juicy and warm", says she's even eaten dead rats – and squashed pigeons taste just like steak.
The 34-year-old, who lives in Colchester, Essex, has admitted she's happy to feast on almost anything she spots on the side of the road.
She said: "I eat roadkill 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.
"It's handy during the winter as I can defrost a deer or rabbit to make a hearty stew."
Sarah, who teaches survival skills and history to children, says her favourite dishes include pigeon wings and venison sandwiches.
"Rat is very similar to squirrel. It's mild and sweet," she said.
"It tastes a little bit like chicken but much nicer.
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"And pigeon is like a really good beef steak.
"Sometimes, I may come across an animal but it's 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."
And after cooking, Sarah keeps bones and skin to use again.
"I use their bones to make tools and weapons," she said.
Despite having a freezer jammed full of unlucky critters, Sarah says she still shops at her local supermarket too.
Rats taste nicer than chicken – pigeons are similar to a really good beef steak
Her fascination with the Stone Age began when she was a little girl.
She has since learned era-appropriate survival skills, including building a shelter, starting fires and skinning animals.
"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've also made a selection of clothes from roadkill for work.
"I've 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.
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"It's all about working smart. The more you practice 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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