16 Dreadful Details about the Black Plague
16 Dreadful Details about the Black Plague

16 Dreadful Details about the Black Plague

Shaina Lucas - September 18, 2018

16 Dreadful Details about the Black Plague
Medieval animal drawing. The Medieval Bestiary.

16. The Black Death Didn’t Affect Just Humans

We know that rats and humans were affected by the plague, but were other animals immune? Nope. Chickens, sheep, pig, and cows were all susceptible to the plague. At one point, sheep were dying off so quickly that it was dubbed the “European Wool Shortage.” Funnily enough, a ship from England carrying wool made it’s way to Bergen, Norway in 1349. The ship carried the plague with it and made its way throughout Norway. Within days the ship’s crew was dead.

Eating the dead animals probably wasn’t a good idea either. Even with cooking, you could still become infected with the plague. Other wild animals would often eat the dead ones that were waiting to be buried, and they too would contract the plague since it could be passed through blood. The massive death toll of animals created a shortage of food for people, so if they didn’t die of pestilence, they could die of starvation or some other disease/infection.


Where did we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

Butler, Chris. “The Black Death and its Impact (c.1300-1450).” Flow of History.

Famous People Who Died of Bubonic Plague.” Ranker.

Lehnardt, Karin. “41 Catastrophic Facts about the Black Death.” Fact Retriever.

Mulch, Millard. “The Effect of Black Death on Art and Artists in the Medieval Period.” History of Painters.

Perry, Kellen. “Orgies, Homosexuality, and Prostitutes: What Sex Was Like During the Black Death.”Ranker.