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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 17/7/2017 at 7:29pm
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Quote: Originally posted by The Survivors on 17/7/2017
Foxes can spray but don't often, the mark territory much like a male dog.
Buck rabbits can spray.
In both cases I would say you would have no doubt as it would smell bad. Also the quantity you are showing is not enough unless the tent was caught at the edge of the 'spray'
It does look like splashes as earlier posters have said.
On our Bear Lake 6 we had marks that showed a different colour when damp/wet and sometimes visible when dry. This was caused by minor damage to the tent fabric from a nylon kite string (kite crashed into tent, said child flying kite - not ours - pulled hard on strings over the top of the tent and caused what I can only assume we're mild friction burns on the tent), the tent never leaked and the marks eventually completely dissaperared. Is there any chance of such damage, guy lines etc. Doesn't look like they are placed as such but just thought I'd mention it.
Thanks for that, Survivor.
Must admit, this particular city boy knows nothing worth knowing about wildlife, but even I presumed there'd be a smell. We're the only house on the street that doesn't own a bloody cat, so I know what they are capable of!
Can't see it being friction of any sort, and definitely more obvious when wet/damp, and always first noticed of a morning.
If not the first lot (from the OP), I'm convinced this is nocturnal animal. Just not sure which end it's coming from!
Pound to a penny this last lot will be gone for good by the next time we strike camp... but Lord knows if we get similar in a different area.
If we do, I'm going on nightwatch, and sitting in the car all night with camera at the ready!
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Message posted by lidds0 on 17/7/2017 at 8:53pm
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Then I reckon, as has already been suggested, that it could be a contact mark from something which has been pressing against the canvas when folded.
We once bought a nearly-new Cabanon Manga TT. It was absolutely as new, not a mark on it and no damage to be seen anywhere. However, after the first downpour, no water got in at all but the 'perfect' canvas on the cabin showed what looked like ribbons, all over it and each about an inch wide (ish). It was bizarre, since when it dried, the canvas again looked perfect.
We were baffled at first - and a little upset, thinking the canvas must be somehow faulty. Then we twigged that the cabin had been folded with the strap guys still on and loose. There was no visible evidence of this when it was dry but that was it, without a doubt, since we could trace the 'ribbon' lines from where the guys clipped on. So, no staining, no rubbing, no apparent damage, no evidence of cleaning, but they'd left a trace of where they'd been folded in with the cabin canvas and so clearly had had some sort of reaction with the canvas (or with the dye, or something), which was only evident when wet.
So, my money's on a curl of guy rope, or a bit of pegging ring or section of a slider which has come into contact with the canvas when folded up. Not enough to do damage but maybe sufficient to effect some odd change to the canvas which is only visible when wet.
If it's any consolation, the marks on our TT cabin faded after a couple of soaks (and we always took the straps off and stored them separately, before packing it up).
If it's not aphid honeydew and it's too low for sap (and not sticky, in any case) and not animal spray (no pong) and you've had no spillages or accidents in or around the tent, then what else can it be?