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AZ wildlife park names 2 seized tigers

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CAMP VERDE, AZ (CBS5) -

After thousands of submissions, an Arizona wildlife park's contest has ended and they've selected the winning names for two 7-month-old tigers recently rescued in the Valley.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde said the white tiger cub will be named Gabriel and the orange tiger will be named Journey.

George Reardon of Prescott Valley and Cassidy Noeldner of Fort Collins, CO, submitted the winning names and will each receive a free family membership for up to four people.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department said they discovered the juvenile orange tiger tied up with a collar in Phoenix on New Year's Eve. The white tiger was found a few days later in a dog kennel in Queen Creek.

Out of Africa park owner Dean Harrison said a man, who has not been identified, brought the tigers from Texas and illegally sold them as pets in Arizona.

A park spokesperson said once it was determined the cubs would stay, their next step was picking names to represent them. The naming contest began Jan. 7 and wrapped up Thursday.

Last weekend, the youngsters were featured at the "Wonders of Wildlife" show in the Tiger Splash arena.

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