Very interesting indeed. Ive never thought about the possibility, that the reluctancy to go back to the tent might be forced not only by fear of death or other danger in that vein, but because of terrible stink... It sounds plausible, that if a creature like this drops a load of stink, especially inside the tent, you would eventually flee. Also, kinda makes sense for the cuts in the tent - made for airing.
All those links, though, made it reaaaally hard to follow, but very informative. Interesting.