And look! Its wings have grown larger now. 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 hatchling was playing on the beach one day when a passing seagull lost a feather which fluttered down to land on his nose. Tickled by it, he snorted, and the feather blew up into the air and fluttered down to him again. He was fascinated by its slower descent, and now spends hours playing with any feathers he chances across.