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.
Gaebelchen is a very picky eater and only ever eats the smallest amount of the best and tastiest treats. The Whites have warned him, as well as his parents, that he will never mature healthily if he doesn't change his habits, but Gaebelchen doesn't care.