The young tusker, aged 7-8 years old, was seen struggling to drink water because of his punctured tusk.
The photograph, taken by conservationists on Saturday, has put officials of Bannerghatta National Park (BNP) on high alert, and they are searching for the wild animal.
Since he is 7-8 years old, it is possible that he could have got injured in a fight.
In a similar case, a tusker was sighted in a camera trap with an injured tusk, and again near the Bannerghatta Biological Park elephant enclosure with captive female elephants.
The injured tusk becomes their identification mark, the official said.
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