Did this child at four years of age understand the significance of removing the fish from the water? It is possible that she/he only wanted to "play" with the fish but did not comprehend that the fish requires water in order to breathe. Just an opinion ...
She told her Mom that she was watching the fish gulp for air and even made the gulping sound. I do think she comprehends (as much as 4 year old can). She also can be extremely mean to her dog and cat - pushing their eyeballs in to make them yelp.
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