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.
This poor little thing had the misfortune to have his home where a monastery was being raised. The kindly monks, upon finding the motionless and rather unhappy looking hatchling standing in the basement a few days after the building had been raised, attempted to cheer him up, bringing him upstairs and feeding him dinner scraps and patting his stony head. The dragon was considerably happy at this and soon grew to love all the monks, and they love him back, but since he moves so little they have started using him as something of a room decoration and vase-holder combined. But he doesn't mind in the slightest.