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.
Schwaelbchen is an elegant little hatchling, fully aware of her appearance, and very self-conscious. The other hatchlings think she's quite a bore, because she cares more about her scales getting dirty or her wings getting ruffled than about having fun.