Hunter Beeton is normally a happy-go-lucky child who has never thought of himself as being different.
The two-year-old was born with only one fully developed arm but has never let his missing hand affect him.
That was until recently when the toddler was taunted by older kids on two separate occasions at local parks.
Now Hunter has been repeatedly begging his mother for ‘two hands’ and doesn’t want to go outside because people ‘might laugh at him’.
His mum Megan Watson, from Co Armagh, said that a group of boys around 10 or 11 targeted her son at the local park.
She said: ‘One of them spotted his arm and went and got the rest of his friends, brought them over and laughed at him and told him he was going to get laughed at when he goes to school.’
On another occasion at the local Moira park, she said a group of girls began laughing at Hunter on the merry-go-round.
These cruel jibes have had a massive impact on the child who has become conscious of his missing hand.
To highlight the bullying, Megan and his dad Tony Beeton posted a recorded video on social media showing Hunter asking for two hands.
Megan, 27, a mum of three, said she is shocked that someone so young could be targeted by bullies.
She told Belfast Live: ‘He was never conscious of it before, he has an older brother and he would never ask, ‘why am I different?’
‘But every day now it’s, ‘mummy I want two hands’, and what do you say to a two-year-old who says that? It’s just awful.
‘To me Hunter is still just a baby and for someone to make my wee child feel like that, who shouldn’t be feeling that way at two years old, is just disgusting.’