And look! It has grown wings! It must be close to maturing. It is also now covered in brightly colored stripes.
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.
Striped dragons are frequently attracted to lights, for the simple reason that insects are attracted to lights; the buzz of moths and mosquitoes around a campfire can make for quite a filling meal. This poor lad, however, is attracted to the lights in the same dim-witted way the bugs are, giggling stupidly and bonking into glass-covered lanterns and fireplace-lit windows time after time. This is the result of excessive inbreeding, the poor thing not quite... all there in terms of mental capacity. Thankfully the other stripes in his flock take good care of him, making sure the little nutter limits his light-seeking to things other than open fires.