The eldest of a group of Sardinian siblings hailed for their longevity is celebrating her 105th birthday.
Consolata Melis is the eldest of the nine Melis siblings, whose combined age totals over 881 years and 205 days.
Her Mediterranean island home is known for the longevity of its residents, claiming to have 370 centenarians.
Ms Melis, from Perdasdefogu village in south-eastern Sardinia, has nine children, 24 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Her three brothers and five sisters are also in good shape, with Claudia, 99, still attending weekly masses and Adolfo, 89, running a local bar.
The youngest Mafalda, 78, is their "baby sister".
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