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Is it normal behavior for a 4 yr to kill her goldfish
Is it normal behavior for a 4 year old to take her fish out of the bowl and watch them die?
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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 ...
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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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Perhaps it might be wise to post on the "Ask a Doctor" - child behavior site for professional advice.  It does appear there is more here than just "misunderstanding".  
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does she seem to enjoy hurting the animals?  if so it may be a good idea to rehome the pets as to prevent their untimely demise.
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