I posted a few days ago with a question for a story I'm working on where one of the main characters is a Russian little boy. (Here's that post if anyone wants a reference.) Said boy has a stuffed animal (a polar bear) that has some plot significance.
Question: Does anyone know of a name that a Russian boy (he's about eight years old) might give to a favorite toy? I'm looking for something along the lines of "Teddy" (every American kid's had a stuffed bear named "Teddy" at one point or another...) or "Nanuk," which I would probably have used if he was American. I looked online to see if there was a word for "polar bear" that I could find a diminutive for, but the closest I could get was "medved/медведь" (just plain "bear") from Google Translate, and I don't know how good a name that would be for a toy.
If there isn't anything that would be polar bear (or just plain bear) specific, I'm open to pretty much any other suggestions. My stuffed animals
(Also, I can't read Cyrillic, so if you have any suggestions could you please include a romanized version? I'd love to see the actual Russian as well, but I'd need the English spelling to know what I'm looking at.)
Search terms I tried: Googled various combinations of "Russian polar bears" and "polar bears in Russia," "Russian stuffed animals," "Russian stuffed animal names," etc. Turned up a lot of results about hunting and climate change, and even more results about Cheburashka dolls, but nothing I could use.
Eta: All set! Thanks guys! :)