When the lady says, "Don't touch it," she means it. This is probably a caterpillar called Megalopyge opercularis and according to Wikipedia:
The 'fur' of the larva contains venomous spines that cause extremely painful reactions in human skin upon contact. The reactions are sometimes localized to the affected area but are often very severe, radiating up a limb and causing burning, swelling, nausea, headache, abdominal distress, rashes, blisters, and sometimes chest pain, numbness, or difficulty breathing (Eagleman 2008). Additionally, it is not unusual to find sweating from the welts or hives at the site of the sting
The pigeons that are here in New York, they were brought here for food originally. They are not native here. They were brought over from Europe, but they were able to live on their own and have eventually become field pigeons. So, they live around people and they depend on people to some extent, but they are not domesticated anymore, they are wild.
The world's oceans harbor a wide variety of squid, from 10-centimeter-long market squid to the elusive giant squid, which may grow to over 20 meters in length. Based on decades of observations, marine biologists assumed that all of these species of squids laid their eggs in clusters on the sea floor, where the eggs developed and hatched without any help from their parents. However a recent paper by researchers at the University of Rhode Island and at MBARI shows that females of at least one species of squid brood their eggs, carrying the eggs between their arms until the young hatch and swim away.
MBARI's remotely operated vehicle Ventanacaptured this photograph of a female Gonatus onyx carrying a large egg mass, which is suspended from hooks under the squid's arms. The squid is apparently using its arms to pump fresh water into the egg mass, which causes it to inflate like a balloon. Image: (c) 2002 MBARI -- more at the link.