There are those who say that this bear is actually a female bear, symbolizing the connection between the fertile earth of Madrid to the Spanish royal family and the aristocracy.
The truth is actually a little different. In the time that Madrid became the capital of the kingdom, bears were very popular in the area. These bears loved the mulberry trees that also used to be all around the region. These trees were called Madroño, and many are certain that the name of the city, Madrid, originates from this name.