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.
Child of a guardian of nature, the hope was that this youngster would inherit some of his parent's nobility. Unfortunately for the world, he instead inherited an enormously puffed ego, strutting around like a miniature king and demanding fealty and reverence from beasts a hundred times his age and size!