A French court has ruled in favour of a cockerel owner after her bird's early morning crowingprovoked a noise pollution complaint from neighbours.
Maurice, who roosts on the picturesque isle of Oléron off the Atlantic coast, was accused ofdisturbing a retired couple who own a holiday home nearby.
News of his legal troubles flew around the world, gaining him a flock of supporters.
His owner, Corinne Fesseau, was cock-a-hoop at news of the ruling.
"It's a victory for everyone in the same situation as me. I hope it will set a precedent forthem," she was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.
At a hearing in July, her lawyers had argued the complaint was ridiculous because crowingroosters were part of country life.
Ms Fesseau, who has lived on Oléron for 35 years, would have had to move or somehowsilence Maurice if the judge had ruled against her.
She now will be given 1,000 euros (£900; $1,100) in damages from the plaintiffs instead, herlawyer said on Thursday.
The legal battle involving the bird saw a "Save Maurice" petition garner 140,000 onlinesignatures.
The four-year-old has become a celebrity of sorts in France, where the Gallic Cockerel is one ofthe national emblems.
Merchandise has been made in his honour and letters of support have come from as far away asthe United States, according to one foreign news agency.
The high-profile case is considered an illustration of the growing tension between residentsliving in rural France and those moving to escape city life.
"This is the height of intolerance - you have to accept local traditions," Christophe Sueur, themayor in Ms Fesseau's village, told AFP.
The mayor of another town, Bruno Dionis du Sejour, wrote an open letter in May calling for thesounds of rural life - including cows mooing and church bells - to be inscribed on France'sheritage list to protect them against such complaints.