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A Ghost Ship Filled With Cannibal Rats Is Headed for Britain, Because Real Life Is Crazy Sometimes

No, that's not the setup for a 28 Days Later sequel but a real thing that's happening.

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The Lyubov Orlova is a cruise ship that’s been floating around the ocean without its crew, and it has built in defenses in the form of zombie rats. Well, they’re actually cannibal rats, but I’m going to go ahead and consider any angry horde that eats its own zombies. Better safe than sorry.

The ship was abandoned after being seized in Newfoundland for its owners’ debt in 2010, and it’s been floating freely in the northern Atlantic Ocean since 2013. If there turns out to be a Scooby Doo villain captaining the thing, I wouldn’t be even be a bit surprised.

Salvage hunters like Pim de Rhoodes are interested in the ship’s $1 million value, but the cannibalistic rat problem poses a real threat. As Rhoodes told The Sun, “There will be a lot of rats, and they eat each other. If I get aboard, I’ll have to lace everywhere with poison.”

Wait, didn’t Dracula show up in a boat full of rats after killing the entire crew? Poison probably works super great on a 300-foot ship of zombie-ghost rats — or a ghost ship of cannibal rats — but can it kill Dracula? When real life gets this crazy, I get a bit confused.

When Canada finally decided to cut the ship loose in 2013, they said it wouldn’t pose any danger to other ships or offshore drilling platforms, but the Irish coast guard takes cannibal rats a bit more seriously. The ship has recently been spotted in the area, and it could run ashore anywhere along the coast of Ireland, Scotland, or the southern tip of England.

They’ll be watching to make sure it doesn’t unleash its horde of rat horrors. Or to make sure it doesn’t collide and damage any ships or anything. Or to keep Dracula from turning everyone into vampires. Whatever. Thanks a lot, Canada.

(via NY Daily News, image via Michelle Tribe)

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