The elephant was a gift from the king of France to the king of England in 1255. It was kept in the Tower of London. The event was recorded by chronicler Matthew Paris and he drew the image above showing the chained creature. The original drawing is found in the Book of Additional Things held at the British Library (MS Cotton Nero D I).
The elephant was such a novelty to medieval England that the chronicler had to make two attempts to draw the trunk – you can see the first attempt slightly to the left of the elephant.