Cruise liner full of diseased, cannibal rats headed for UK

The United Kingdom would like to see your Poop Cruise From Hell, Carnival, and raise you a Russian ghost ship filled with diseased, cannibal rats that's about to make landfall, maybe.

An old Russian cruise liner named Lyubov Orlova was being towed from Canada to the Dominican Republic, where it was to be salvaged for parts. When it came loose along the way, Newfoundland authorities decided to say, "Screw it." (Probably an exaggeration.) They let the ship float off into the Atlantic Ocean where it wouldn't be able to bother anyone again.

Wrong.

Winds have reportedly pushed the liner toward Europe, but no one knows exactly where it is. There have been sightings, most recently in March of 2013, and experts suggest that the ship is probably filled with diseased rats who have been cannibalizing each other.

Experts say the ship, which is likely to still contain hundreds of rats that have been eating each other to survive, must still be out there somewhere because not all of its lifeboat emergency beacons have been set off.

Two signals were picked up on the 12 and 23 March last year, presumably from lifeboats which fell away and hit the water, showing the vessel had made it two-thirds of the way across the Atlantic and was heading east.

A week later, an unidentified object of about the right size was spotted on radar just off the coast of Scotland – but search planes never verified the find.

It's entirely possible that the ship will make landfall in the United Kingdom some time in the near future, as experts suggest that it would take a lot to sink that type of vessel.

Taking care of the King Rat that emerges from that ghost ship is not a job I'd be interested in having. It'll probably be like something you'd find at the end of a Ninja Turtles level on NES. To read more about the terrifying rat cannibal cruise ship from hell, head on over to The Independent for the full report.

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