Fairfax falls for cannibal rats myth

January 25th, 2014 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Fairfax reports:

Disease-ridden, cannabalistic rats are adrift on an abandoned ship in the North Atlantic ocean.

The 91-metre Lyubov Orlova has been drifting towards the UK in the North Atlantic for a year after being cut loose off Canada, The Sun reports.

The exact location of the 40-year-old Soviet-built cruise ship is unknown but experts told the news outlet it appeared the ship was still afloat because four liferaft transmitters have not been activated, as they would have if the ship had sunk.

Rather than republish stories from The Sun without checking, they should, well, check.

The Star reports:

“The ship has sunk,” a spokesman for the Irish Coast Guard told the Star.

While admitting there is no 100 per cent proof — “You can’t prove a negative” — he said that two distress signals from the emergency position-indicating radio beacon are strong evidence. They only sound when immersed in water. …

“It’s a good exaggeration. It was berthed in Canada for over a year and there were reports while it was in Canada that it was infested by rats.”

Canadian rats.

“There is an urban myth that when a ship is headed east and has rats on board, they eat themselves.”

Canadian cannibal rats.

Canadian cannibal rats indeed.

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12 Responses to “Fairfax falls for cannibal rats myth”

  1. Simon (612 comments) says:

    Makes for a pleasant change from climate change doom. Co2 now cannibal rats. Whatever next.

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  2. kowtow (6,690 comments) says:

    This story has been run by probably every major news agency in Britain including the BBC and indeed across much of the world.

    The Star story (Toronto) is likely a bit tongue in cheek ‘Canadian cannibal’ rats! The Canuck media are obsessed with self image,likely stemming from insecurity of being so close to a big neighbour and this could be a play on that.

    IMHO the relevance of this non story is it shows ,again, that reporters and the media have largely become nothing more than “repeaters’ of little consequence.

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  3. ZenTiger (419 comments) says:

    Take off you hosers. Those rats were never naturalized in Canada. Cheap Detroit imports.

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  4. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    This should not be dismissed as a simple hoax. We have seen some evidence of similar behavior in New Zealand.

    In the Labiur Party caucus room.

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  5. Cato (1,094 comments) says:

    “The Canuck media are obsessed with self image,likely stemming from insecurity of being so close to a big neighbour…”

    Hahahahha! What a bunch of losers if true!

    …. oh wait …

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  6. igm (851 comments) says:

    bludson: The Fairfax newsroom doubles as the Labour Party caucus room.

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  7. jawnbc (40 comments) says:

    Don’t mess with our cannibal rats. They eat like we play hockey. Real hockey, not the lawn bowls version popular here and in Europe.

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  8. peterwn (2,933 comments) says:

    So Fairfax falls for Canadian rats as well as German ones.

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  9. Tautaioleua (266 comments) says:

    The media’s getting lazy. A few days ago, the NZ Herald reported an international story about broadcasting sunrises and sets on large screens in the middle of Beijing to combat the gloom from extensive pollution in China.

    It turned out to be a tourism ad.

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  10. anonymouse (651 comments) says:

    There is an urban myth that when a ship is headed east and has rats on board, they eat themselves.”

    And if the boat is heading west, do they stand on their hind legs and dance to disco music??

    I mean how many red flags should have gone up when they subbed this story…..

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  11. MH (558 comments) says:

    Were these the abandoned rats from that recent research on sex makes you more intelligent ? Once again another tall tale from the pied piper debunked, these rats couldn’t even abandon a sinking ship or run it aground at the door of the EU.
    I must go down to the seas again,the lonely sea and the sky
    I could take a piece of cheese to feed the rats as they swim silently by.

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  12. Komata (966 comments) says:

    But MH, you CAN’T use cheese – it’s made from that nasty water-polluting stuff called ‘milk’, which comes from the even nastier gas-emitting cows; so watch it, the gweens will be after you…

    (To placate the gweens perhaps you could feed them Cannabis (gweens incuded)…….?)

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