When I slept outside in central Europe, I often recognized extremely loud snoring noises. It's not really rattling but more like rhythmical breathing. I heard it as a kid for the first time and I remember that it scared the hell out of me :)

What animal can cause such noises?

Worth to mention: a mate once told me that hedgehogs can sleep very loudly. However, as I've researched a little bit, it doesn't seem to be true (but can't really figure out a definite answer).

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    Hedgehogs are nocturnal so they won't be asleep at night!
    – user2766
    Aug 10, 2016 at 13:02
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    @Liam Hmmm good to know because actually it can be the noises of hedgehog-sexy-time :) onekind.org/education/animals_a_z/hedgehog
    – OddDeer
    Aug 10, 2016 at 13:48
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    Humans. The sound is humans.
    – Glenn
    Aug 10, 2016 at 15:58
  • If you were near Yellowstone, it would be a bison. They'll lay ten feet away from your tent making that phlegmy sound all d*** night. But that's probably better than being eaten by a grizzly. In Europe it's probably a cow.
    – Pepi
    Aug 13, 2016 at 13:33

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I've experienced similar noises at night. I'm guessing what you're hearing are deer. Deer around the world make a wide variety of noises. I'm in N. America and the deer in my area make a loud snorting sound at night, especially if you set up on or near one of their game trails. Here's a link to a video where you can hear a lot of different examples. https://youtu.be/UO6FvalHULo

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