Four decades ago, the Lyubov Orlova was a busy passenger liner in the former Soviet Union, but since 2012 it's been drifting free in the Atlantic, totally abandoned... that is, except for packs of diseased rats which feed on each other to survive.
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According to the UK's Daily Record, the 300-foot ship went adrift off the coast of Canada after a towing mishap, and soon disappeared. But according to a possible sighting of the vessel late last year, it may now be on a slow but steady course toward England, Ireland or Scotland. The sighting came in the form of an unidentified satellite blip in that region, but so far authorities have not been able to pinpoint the ship's exact location.
As for those rats... search and salvage crews say it's common for the rodents to turn to cannibalism when trapped aboard a ship for extended periods of time (a full year in this case), and there's a strong possibility they're also carrying dangerous diseases.
“If I get aboard I'll have to lace everywhere with poison,” said Pim de Rhoodes, one of several experts currently searching for the vessel.