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.
Considering himself to be the alpha of his flock, this youngster constantly struts back and forth between the nests, keeping a diligent eye out for danger. Unfortunately for him, he's as clumsy as he is vain, and often trips face-first into the surrounding muck.