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.
Cheerful and innocent this little hatchling does not make any idea of the bad things that her adoptive mother does.
She sees her as a very cautious and mysterious dragon but thinks that she is a good dragon after all.
Even if sometimes her "mother" leaves for weeks or days for mysterious reasons and demands that she does not ask questions, she just obey and gets looking forward alone among rocks until she returns.