Forest officials were in for a surprise when an elephant that was part of an operation to capture a prowling tiger fled into the HD Kote forest in Mysuru district, forcing the officials to turn their attention to catching the jumbo.
The locals lodged a complaint with the forest officials who planned to trap the tiger and four elephants were roped in, including the main pachyderms of Mysuru-Dasara festival--Arjun and Ashoka, Tuesday evening.
According to eyewitnesses, firecrackers were burst on spotting the tiger.
Musth is a periodic condition in male elephants, characterised by highly aggressive behaviour and accompanied by a large rise in reproductive hormones.
(With inputs from agencies.)