Saturday, October 15, 2011
Rat stir fries and owl curries hardly sound like the stuff you would serve your friends for dinner.
But surprisingly, Jonathan McGowan's exotic roadkill dishes are a big hit with his guests.
The 44-year-old bachelor has lived on a diet of roadkill for the past 30 years to avoid buying meat from the supermarket.
He has shunned pre-packaged meats and instead dined on mice, moles, hedgehogs, pigeons, crows and gulls.
Mr McGowan insisted it was better to eat roadkill than meat from shops because of the way it is produced.
He said: 'I guess at the age of 14 I just wanted to be different. But even then I understood that what I was doing was better than eating meat in the shops because of how it was produced.
'I saw how dirty farm animals were and how unhealthy they were. I was also used to going to the cattle market where the treatment of the animals by the farmers was grotesque. I wasn't happy about what I saw at all.'
The elite squad -- normally reserved for riots and hostage situations -- pulled out all the stops to take down the hungry perp after it got stuck in a glass display case in the front window.
The cops used a dog bed to shove it into a small box and emerged victorious with the critter in hand.
The rascally rodent had sneaked into the drugstore at West 116th Street and Lenox Avenue on Monday.