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.
Something of a spirit of dead children, this spectre, appearing in the form of a baby ice dragon, will whisk away hatchlings that have died in their eggs, presumably transporting them to a sort of afterlife or resurrection. It speaks in an adult voice, and often sings lullabies to sooth the spirits of those dragons who were dead before even life.