And look! It has grown wings! It must be close to maturing.
Young dragons are relatively defenseless. They are born with relatively soft scales, which are shed and replaced with harder ones as the hatchling matures. Once a hatchling’s wings grow in, it marks the beginning of maturation. At this point they are often capable of hunting on their own and are usually left alone by their mother.
Sara loves to hunt lizards and jerboas near her father's den. She doesn't care much for the beauty of glass sculptures or hoards or any of that adult stuff, she just wants to spend her time hunting the local wildlife (getting very agitated if she's left with nothing more than a disposed tail) or startle a fennec so it gets all bushy-tailed.