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It was more than twelve-hundred years before another elephant was to be seen in England, when Louis IX of France gave one to Henry III in 1254. Kept in the king's menagerie in the Tower of London, the wretched beast managed to survive for four years.

Matthew Paris drew it from life for his Chronica Majora, and it is this illustration that may have been the basis for the carved elephant that decorates the misercord in Exeter Cathedral.